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North Carolina whitewater, Buckhorn Creek

Chatham county, Highway 42 to Buckhorn Dam Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I(II)     3 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside North Carolina you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The natural beauty of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very
    popular destination. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking,
either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The starting location is a short drive from Sanford, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The Highway 42 to Buckhorn Dam Road stretch of Buckhorn Creek in North Carolina is 3 miles long and is a class I(II) section of whitewater  
according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Buckhorn Creek wouldn’t be complete without a spree to close by Jordan Lake State Park, and there are plenty of people from Broadway here. Raven Rock State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Buckhorn Creek, and you can go for a hike on the Lanier Falls Trail. This river has it all. Don't leave Buckhorn Creek without first going for a hike along the Campbell Creek Loop. The high level of precipitation makes Buckhorn Creek a reasonably wet spot. The month with most of the rain is May; September is the month with the least moisture.

Buckhorn Creek, Highway 42 to Buckhorn Dam Road 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 Buckhorn Creek.
 Whitewater Near Buckhorn Creek:
Buckhorn Creek, Chatham County, 1 miles away
      Class I(II) - 3 miles long (Highway 42 to Buckhorn Dam Road)
Cape Fear, Chatham/Harnett/Cumberland County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 24 miles long (Avents Ferry to Erwin)
Haw River, Chatham County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Highway 64 to Jordan Reservoir)
Deep River, Chatham County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (US Route 15/501 Bridge to US Route 1 Bridge)
Haw River, Chatham County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bynum to Highway 64)
Bear Creek, country County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (May's Chapel Road to confluence with Rocky River)
Upper Little River, Harnett County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Route 2016 to North Carolina Route 217)
Haw River, Chatham County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 7.5 miles long (Route 1545 to US Route 15-501)
Little River, Moore/Hoke/Cumberland County, 25 miles away
      Class I - 8 miles long (Morrison Bridge to Ft.Bragg)
New Hope Creek, Orange County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Turkey Farm Road to Erwin Road)
 Marinas Near Buckhorn Creek:
Crosswinds Marina, Apex , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Buckhorn Creek:
Hampton & STE Holly Springs NC, Holly Springs , 11 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Sanford, Sanford , 13 miles away
Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn And Garden, Fuquay-Varina , 13 miles away
Candlewood Suites APEX RALEIGH AREA, Apex , 13 miles away
Comfort Suites Sanford, Sanford , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buckhorn Creek:
Jordan Dam RV Park and Campground, Moncure, 8 miles away
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - New Hope Overlook, Pittsboro, 9 miles away
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - Vista Point, Pittsboro, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Buckhorn Creek:
Lanier Falls Trail, Harnett , 5 miles away
Campbell Creek Loop, Harnett , 6 miles away
Northington Ferry Trail, Harnett , 6 miles away
West Loop Horse Trail, Harnett , 6 miles away
East Loop Horse Trail, Harnett , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buckhorn Creek:
Raven Rock State Park, North Carolina , 6 miles away
Jordan Lake State Park, North Carolina , 10 miles away
William B. Umstead State Park, North Carolina , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buckhorn Creek:
Deep River Golf Course, Sanford , 7 miles away
Carolina Trace Country Club, Sanford , 12 miles away
Devils Ridge Golf Club, Holly Springs , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Buckhorn Creek
B Everett Jordan Lake, Chatham , 8 miles away
Buffalo Lakes, Harnett , 15 miles away
Guys Pond, Harnett , 19 miles away

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