rightThe Cartecay River runs through Ellijay, Georgia. It is the site of a class II whitewater run.
The river is a tributary of the Coosawattee River. Both the Cartecay and Ellijay River meet in Ellijay and merge to form the Coosawattee River. The Cartecay River and most of the watershed are located within the southeast corner of Gilmer County, Georgia, but there are small sections of the watershed in Fannin, Pickens, and Dawson Counties.
Much of the river runs west to east near or along Georgia State Route 52. The Cartecay River Basin covers in total area. The major tributaries are Clear Creek, Licklog Creek, Owltown Creek, Anderson Creek and Tickanetley Creek. The land is mostly undeveloped but the river does pass through residential developments. The headwaters of Cartecay River begin in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
The Cartecay River is a recreational river for kayaking, canoeing and tubing.