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North Carolina whitewater, Big Laurel Creek

Madison county, Hurricane to Hot Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     7 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina are easier than the national norm, so keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Greeneville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the water flowing gracefully down Big Laurel Creek beats anything. There are a few other sections in this river system
    that can be paddled as well. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. You might have to settle for a hotel
a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch of Big Laurel Creek in Madison County is 7 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. The Great Smoky  
Mountains scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a good hiking adventure along the Little Paint Creek Trail, and you might also want to pay a visit to Tanyard Gap while you're here at Big Laurel Creek. Just can't get enough of the Great Smoky Mountains. People from Hot Springs love to come to Big Laurel Creek, and since you're here you can take a hike along the Paint Creek Trail. This is a great river. High temperatures at Big Laurel Creek during the days of summer are in the 80's, and the overnight is a bit colder of course, commonly in the 60's.

Big Laurel Creek, Hurricane to Hot Springs 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 Laurel Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Laurel Creek:
Big Laurel Creek, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Hurricane to Hot Springs)
French Broad, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Hot Springs to Highway 107 at Del Rio)
Whitewater Outfitter - HUCK Finn Adventures, Madison County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guides, Madison County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
French Broad River, Transylvania/ Henderson/ Buncombe/ Madison County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Barnard to Hot Springs)
Spring Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Route 1171 to Hot Springs)
Brush Creek, Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to French Broad River)
Walnut Creek, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (US 25/70 to Barnard)
Cold Springs Creek, Haywood County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (to Harmen Den)
Hurricane Creek, Haywood County, 16 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.3 miles long (SR 1336 to Pigeon River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Laurel Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 20 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 54 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 62 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 65 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 65 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 79 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Big Laurel Creek:
Knollwood, Marshall , 10 miles away
General Morgan Inn, Greeneville , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge Greeneville, Greeneville , 15 miles away
Andrew Johnson Inn, Greeneville , 15 miles away
Days Inn Greeneville, Greeneville , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Laurel Creek:
Silvermine Group, Hot Springs, 2 miles away
Spring Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hot Springs, 3 miles away
Hot Springs Resort and Spa, Hot Springs, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Big Laurel Creek:
Little Paint Creek Trail, Greene , 3 miles away
Paint Creek Trail, Greene , 4 miles away
Pounding Mill Trail, Madison , 7 miles away
Dixon Trail, Greene , 7 miles away
Greene Mountain Trail, Greene , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Laurel Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 23 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 51 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 21 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 25 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Laurel Creek:
Kinser Park Golf Course, Greeneville , 11 miles away
River Trace Golf Club, Greeneville , 11 miles away
Link Hills Country Club, Greeneville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Laurel Creek
Kidwell Pond, Greene , 17 miles away

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