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North Carolina whitewater, Big Creek

Haywood county, NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     2 miles
 
This section could be run as low as 1.5', scrapey, and a III =/-.  At 2' it is approaching class IV, on this section.  Beautiful water, beautiful run.  There is another section to Big Creek.  Go to the put in of this run, the campground, and gear up, shoulder your boat ant start hiking uphill on the trail river left.  About two miles you will cross a bridge, take a break and look upstream.  That rapid is awesome.  Two hundred yards to go. 
    Brutal hike, phenomenal scenery and clean water.  CAUTION: This now becomes Class IV+ through V at any level, especially above 2'.  NOT A BEGINNER RUN.    When in doubt, scout! Says Russell Tylenda

The rivers for
whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The put-in is not too far from Newport, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are  
probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon section is one of them. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks. The NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon stretch of Big Creek in Haywood County is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater.

Big Creek, NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon 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, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 1 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoor Adventures, Cocke County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Cocke County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Creek, Haywood County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 5.4 miles long (Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Five Rivers Adventures, Cocke County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rip Roaring Adventures, Cocke County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid Descent River, Cocke County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 11 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 32 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 47 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
The Swag, Waynesville , 11 miles away
Knights Inn Newport, Newport , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NEWPORT SOUTH, Newport , 12 miles away
Quality Inn Newport, Newport , 12 miles away
BEST WESTERN Newport Inn, Newport , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Big Creek, Hartford, 1 miles away
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 1 miles away
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 2 miles away
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 2 miles away
Stone Mountain Trail, Cocke , 5 miles away
Asbury Trail, Haywood , 6 miles away
Lower Whiterock Trail, Cocke , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 28 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 39 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 34 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Smoky MTN Country Club & Grill, Newport , 11 miles away
Iron Tree Golf Course, Clyde , 15 miles away
Lake Junaluska Golf Course, Waynesville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Creek
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 5 miles away

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