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North Carolina whitewater, Big Creek

Haywood county, Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     5.4 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Newport, as you can see on the road map further down. The Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground stretch of Big Creek in North Carolina is 5.4 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere.
    Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system,
there are a few others too. The nature scenery of Haywood County and the water flowing gracefully down Big Creek attract people from near and far. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There's camping available near Big Creek. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains scenery is an added bonus. You might be into  
whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Big Branch Trail, and Poplar Cove is another wonderful location to pop by nearby. Life's too short to enjoy all the cool stuff in the Great Smoky Mountains. Mouse Creek Falls is always fun to check out, and the snow is delightful at Cataloochee. This river is always fun. Lots of folks from Hartford come to Big Creek, and a short spree to Brakeshoe Spring is always worthwhile. Go for a hike on the Baxter Creek Trail.

Big Creek, Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Big Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Creek:
Big Creek, Haywood County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 5.4 miles long (Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground)
Big Creek, Haywood County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoor Adventures, Cocke County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Cocke County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Five Rivers Adventures, Cocke County, 5 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Rip Roaring Adventures, Cocke County, 5 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid Descent River, Cocke County, 5 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 29 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 45 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Big Creek:
Indian Creek Boat Dock, Dandridge , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
The Swag, Waynesville , 10 miles away
Jonathan Creek Inn, Maggie Valley , 12 miles away
Ramada Maggie Valley, Maggie Valley , 12 miles away
Misty Mountain Ranch B&B & Cab, Maggie Valley , 12 miles away
BEST WESTERN Mountainbrook Inn, Maggie Valley , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Mt Sterling, Hartford, 2 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Big Creek, Hartford, 2 miles away
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 2 miles away
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 3 miles away
Lower Whiterock Trail, Cocke , 4 miles away
Asbury Trail, Haywood , 6 miles away
Palmer Creek Trail, Haywood , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 26 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 41 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 34 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Smoky MTN Country Club & Grill, Newport , 12 miles away
Bent Creek Golf Village, Gatlinburg , 15 miles away
Iron Tree Golf Course, Clyde , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Creek
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 6 miles away

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