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North Carolina whitewater, Cheoah River

Graham county, Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     7.1 miles
 
Ummm..The Cheoah is NOT suitable for a beginner.† † The water in the SE is very different than Western water. Says Becca

The scenic beauty of Graham County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Cheoah River is 7.1 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier
    to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river. A good workout and spending some
quality time in nature will make you glad you came. The Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby  
campground. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Knoxville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
A good location to stop by close to Cheoah River is Sam Cove, and Cheoah River is not far at all from Robbinsville. Yeah, come up here to the Great Smoky Mountains for a magnificent time. The Long Hungry Ridge Trail offers hiking at its best, and Cheoah River is right by the Big Stack Gap Branch Trail.

Cheoah River, Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch 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 Cheoah River.
 Whitewater Near Cheoah River:
Yellow Creek, Graham County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (SR 1242 to US 129)
Cheoah River, Graham County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.1 miles long (Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Slickrock Creek, Graham/ County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
Doublecamp Creek, Monroe County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 3.17 miles long (to Citico Creek)
Abrams Creek, Blount County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Cades Cove to US Route 127)
 Ski Areas Near Cheoah River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 29 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 45 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 47 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Cheoah River:
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 4 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 8 miles away
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Cheoah River:
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 9 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 13 miles away
Highland Manor Inn And Conference Center, Townsend , 14 miles away
Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cheoah River:
Bear Creek Hunt Camp, Robbinsville, 3 miles away
Horse Cove Campground, Graham County, 3 miles away
Rattler Ford Campground, Graham County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cheoah River:
Long Hungry Ridge Trail, Swain , 6 miles away
Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
Stiffknee Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
Hannah Mountain Trail, Blount , 8 miles away
Fodderstack Trail, Monroe , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cheoah River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 32 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 61 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 23 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 33 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cheoah River:
Royal Oaks Golf Course, Maryville , 18 miles away
Lambert Acres Golf Course, Maryville , 19 miles away
Royal Oaks Golf Community & Country Club, Maryville , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Cheoah River
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 3 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 7 miles away

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