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North Carolina whitewater, Cataloochee Creek

Haywood county, Catalooche Campground to Waterville Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(IV)     6 miles
  The natural beauty of Haywood County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The wild scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains is great. The put-in location is a short drive from Newport, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map
    further down the page. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places. This is one of a small
number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This stretch of Cataloochee Creek in Haywood County is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a pretty decent length section, good  
for a one day paddling trip. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Cataloochee Creek you can take a hike along the Palmer Creek Trail, and Cataloochee Creek is a spot with many visitors from Maggie Valley. Whohoo, so much amusing stuff in one place! The Great Smoky Mountains rocks! Gotta ski! Cataloochee is a wonderful place to do that, and while you're here why not stop at Sal Patch. At this river you will always have a good time. Have a great hiking adventure along the Asbury Trail.

Cataloochee Creek, Catalooche Campground to Waterville Lake 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 Cataloochee Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cataloochee Creek:
Cataloochee Creek, Haywood County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (Catalooche Campground to Waterville Lake)
Pigeon River, Haywood County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Harmon Den to Big Creek)
Big Creek, Haywood County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Creek, Haywood County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 5.4 miles long (Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground)
Hurricane Creek, Haywood County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.3 miles long (SR 1336 to Pigeon River)
Cold Springs Creek, Haywood County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (to Harmen Den)
Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoor Adventures, Cocke County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Cataloochee Creek:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 6 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 34 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 43 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 , 88 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Hotels Near Cataloochee Creek:
The Swag, Waynesville , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Mountainbrook Inn, Maggie Valley , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Maggie Valley, Maggie Valley , 8 miles away
Ramada Maggie Valley, Maggie Valley , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Maggie Valley, Maggie Valley , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cataloochee Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Cataloochee, Waynesville, 2 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Cataloochee Horse Camp, Maggie Valley, 3 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Pretty Hollow, Maggie Valley, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cataloochee Creek:
Asbury Trail, Haywood , 1 miles away
Palmer Creek Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Caldwell Fork Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cataloochee Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 30 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 35 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 32 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cataloochee Creek:
Iron Tree Golf Course, Clyde , 9 miles away
Lake Junaluska Golf Course, Waynesville , 10 miles away
Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Cataloochee Creek
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 2 miles away

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