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North Carolina whitewater, Catawba River - South Fork

Gaston county, High Shoals section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
 
If you go to this location to put in a canoe, you will not find anyplace to put in at. There is a place called Parkers thats right on the river, but they will not let you put in there. Says Larry Peedin

Looking for places to put in'' on the South Fork of the Catawba River. Any ideas?  Thanks, MC. Says Michael

If you're coming from Lincolnton it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map
    further down. The natural beauty of Gaston County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions
for lots of people. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the High Shoals section is one of them. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. For all you camping people  
there are campgrounds nearby. This is a very short stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to bump into some friendly people from High Shoals here. A spree to Catawba River - South Fork wouldn’t be complete without a journey to close by Crowders Mountain State Park. During the summer months at Catawba River - South Fork highs are typically in the 80's with nighttime lows in the 60's. For the duration of the winter this place gets highs in the 40's, and nighttime lows through the wintertime for Catawba River - South Fork tend to be in the 20's.

Catawba River - South Fork, High Shoals 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 Catawba River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Catawba River - South Fork, Gaston County, 0 miles away
      Class -blank- - 0.2 miles long (High Shoals)
Catawba River - South Fork, Gaston County, 12 miles away
      Class -blank- - 0.2 miles long (McAdenville)
Kings Branch, Cherokee County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2 miles long (Kings Mountain Park Run)
 Ski Areas Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 60 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 65 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Westport Marina, Denver , 15 miles away
Lake Norman Marina, Sherrills Ford , 16 miles away
Lake Norman Sailing Club, Denver , 17 miles away
Mountain Creek Marina, Sherrills Ford , 17 miles away
Harbortowne Marina & Ships, Belmont , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Days Inn Lincolnton, Lincolnton , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Lincolnton, Lincolnton , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Lincolnton NC, Lincolnton , 5 miles away
Red Carpet Inn And Suites Gastonia, Gastonia , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express CHARLOTTE WEST - GASTONIA, Gastonia , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Tuckers Grove Campground, Lincoln County, 9 miles away
Cross Country Campground, Denver, 14 miles away
Rock Springs Campground, Lincoln County, 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 10 miles away
Kings Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 18 miles away
Lake Norman State Park, North Carolina , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Catawba River - South Fork:
Briarcreek Golf Club, High Shoals , 0 miles away
Lincoln Country Club, Lincolnton , 4 miles away
Apple Creek Golf Club, Dallas , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Catawba River - South Fork
Robinwood Lake, Gaston , 10 miles away
Brinkleys Twin Lakes, Mecklenburg , 17 miles away
Lake Crawford, Cherokee , 17 miles away

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