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North Carolina whitewater, Boone Fork

Watauga county, Julian Price Park to Watauga section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV(V+)     4.5 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Boone, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often more forgiving than in other states, so don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. This stretch of Boone Fork is 4.5 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV(V+) section by American Whitewater.
    This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The nature scenery of North Carolina and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. A bit of exercise and spending
some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Appalachian
 
Mountain is a wonderful local ski area; the Yancey Ridge Trail is a great hiking trail close by. There are plenty of folks from Boone here at Boone Fork, and if you're here, you might as well stop by Young Hollow. This river is so wonderful. If the weather is pleasant here at Boone Fork, you can go for a hike along the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. At Boone Fork all through the summer months highs are in the 70's; during summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's, and night lows at Boone Fork all through the winter usually fall into the 10's.

Boone Fork, Julian Price Park to Watauga 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 Boone Fork.
 Whitewater Near Boone Fork:
Boone Fork, Watauga County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Julian Price Park to Watauga)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2 miles long (SR 1557 to North Carolina 105)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (North Carolina Route 105 Bridge to US Route 321 Bridge)
Thunderhole Creek, Caldwell County, 4 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.5 miles long (Globe Road to Upton)
Whitewater Outfitter - River & Earth Adventures, Watauga County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Watauga County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wahoo's Whitewater Rafting, Watauga County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Avery County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Boone Fork:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 5 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 6 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 91 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 99 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Boone Fork:
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Boone Fork:
Highland Hills Cabins - A Master Hosts Resort, Boone , 4 miles away
Super 8 Boone NC, Boone , 4 miles away
Ridgeway Inn, Blowing Rock , 4 miles away
Meadowbrook Inn And Suites, Blowing Rock , 5 miles away
Hillwinds Inn, Blowing Rock , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Boone Fork:
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Julian Price, Blowing Rock, 1 miles away
Flintlock Campground, Boone, 3 miles away
Honey Bear Campground, Boone, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Boone Fork:
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 5 miles away
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Boone Fork:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 65 miles away
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 24 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 24 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Boone Fork:
Willow Creek Golf Club, Vilas , 3 miles away
Propulsion Golf, Boone , 4 miles away
Hawksnest Ski Resort, Seven Devils , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Boone Fork
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 10 miles away
Trout Lake, Watauga , 15 miles away

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