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Upper Hatchet Creek Fun

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Upper Hatchet Creek Fun


Bodies of Water to Explore

Hatchet Creek

Best Season

Summer after substantial rain

Skill Level

Paddles: 1 – no skill, desire to learn; 2 – moderate, knowledge needed; 3 – advanced, know what’s up


11.9 miles

Trip Duration

1 Day

Recommended Put In & Take Out

Put-In: Clay County Road #7, 33.17426, -86.04602
Take Out: Clay County Road #511, 33.0814, -86.08364

Outfitters Nearby

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Trip Summary

Hatchet Creek in this upper territory is a narrow creek quickly descending at first in farmland then later in steeper terrain. From the put-in to the first campsite it descends 69 feet, while to the second campsite it drops 216 feet (over 50 feet a mile). From there to the take-out the drop is a bit faster at 384 feet (60 feet per mile). Nonetheless this is a primitive area to enjoy, and not speed through, as it is rarely traveled. You MUST take out at Clay County Road #511, because not too much further downstream is a dangerous 12-foot drop over a remote dam onto rocks below with no permitted portage at this writing in 2023.

Trail Highlights

Day 1

  • Stop 1: 4.2 miles, Farnsworth primitive campsite, a jewel on right, 33.12223, -86.05308 stop and take a dip and enjoy lunch.
  • Stop 2: 6.5 miles, Clay County Road #511 take-out

Side Ventures & Optional Activities to Add to Your Trip

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Bonus Sightings

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Non-Paddler Recommendations

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