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Being the hometown of Martin Luther King Jr and the biggest city in the US State of Georgia Atlanta has played a key role in both the Civil war and the Civil rights movements of 1960. Home of the 2017 Superbowl finalists the Atlanta Falcons and the biggest aquarium in the western hemisphere there is certainly more than Stand-up Paddle Boarding to do here! Below are some of our favorite places to go paddle boarding in and around Atlanta GA.
This is a truly unbelievable place to go Paddleboarding and in our opinion, you couldn’t get any closer to nature. If you decide to visit the 12,000-foot lake in the morning you will be met by an entourage of animals such as Deer and Bald eagles. This is much more peaceful than the Lake Lanier SUP spot, although it is a 45-minute drive from the city; we would say it is more than definitely worth the trip.
Stone Mountain Lake
Going on a trip around this Lake offers a unique view of the manmade Granite Mountain as well as the confederate mural which usually reflects off of the Lake. Only fishing Boats which cause no wake are allowed on the water so you shouldn’t have any problems with the water as long as it’s not a windy day. However, there is only one public Boat ramp which you can find by the Evergreen Pavilion on Jackson Drive; we would recommend starting your trip there and continuing best Grist Mill and going onto Georgia Oak. Also, remember that you’re not allowed to swim in the water so you might not want to go in the middle of the day as it could be busy and cause you to fall off.
Morgan Falls Overlook Park
Arguably the best spot to go Paddle Boarding in/around Atlanta, whilst being surrounded by forest you can relax and enjoy your time paddling as this water is extremely still. Recently High Country Outfitters have opened a Paddle Shack next at Morgan Falls so it couldn’t be easier to get a SUP (they are open and renting every day of the week); they will even carry your board to the water for you.
This water may become slightly crowded with other Paddlers as well as Kayakers and people in Fishing Boats, but don’t worry we’ve got you covered. If you head to the right side of the lake and follow the tributary there is a little hidden Alcove which is also an ideal way to escape the heat should you get too hot (only if you’re leaving through the Docks!).
Atlanta has some truly stunning paddling boarding spotsand is definitely a place any enthusiastic SUP rider will want to visit at some point. If there isn’t a spot near you on the list above don’t lose hope as there are many that aren’t included in our list. However, we believe these are the best all round spots for you to visit!