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North Carolina whitewater, Courthouse Creek

Transylvania county, Trailhead to National Forest French Broad section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V+     3 miles
  The Trailhead to National Forest French Broad stretch of Courthouse Creek is 3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V+ section of whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting location is a short drive from Brevard, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you're a
    camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The natural beauty of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature
are great attractions for lots of people. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Trailhead to National Forest French Broad section is one of them. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. This is a short paddling stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good  
rivers. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always good to pop by Courthouse Falls; on a wonderful day you can take a hike along the Art Loeb Trail. You'll really wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the enjoyable things in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Summey Cove is near Courthouse Creek and is definitely a nice place to go to, and there are plenty of people from Balsam Grove here at Courthouse Creek. At this river you will never have a bad time. The Buck Spring Trail is a delightful hiking trail close to Courthouse Creek.

Courthouse Creek, Trailhead to National Forest French Broad 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 Courthouse Creek.
 Whitewater Near Courthouse Creek:
Courthouse Creek, Transylvania County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Trailhead to National Forest French Broad)
Pigeon River - West Fork, Haywood County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Along Highway 215)
French Broad River - North Fork, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 7.2 miles long (Route 1326 Bridge to US Route 64 Bridge)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 276)
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (Forest Service Road 475-A to Looking Glass Creek)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, Haywood County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.7 miles long (3800 foot countour line to US Route 276 Bridge)
Tuckasegee River - East Fork, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.5 miles long (Bonas Defeat Gorge)
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (FS Road 475 to Sycamore Flats)
Looking Glass Creek, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 5 miles long (Along Highway 278)
 Ski Areas Near Courthouse Creek:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 21 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 32 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 36 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 47 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 52 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 99 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Courthouse Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BREVARD, Brevard , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn Brevard NC, Brevard , 13 miles away
The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort And Spa, Waynesville , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 14 miles away
BEST WESTERN Smoky Mountain Inn, Waynesville , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Courthouse Creek:
Courthouse Falls, Balsam Grove, 1 miles away
Cove Creek Campground, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
Wolf Creek Overlook, Tuckasegee, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Courthouse Creek:
Art Loeb Trail, Transylvania , 2 miles away
Buck Spring Trail, Transylvania , 11 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 11 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 12 miles away
Pilot Rock Trail, Transylvania , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Courthouse Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 30 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 49 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 18 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 18 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Courthouse Creek:
Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 8 miles away
Lake Toxaway Company Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 8 miles away
Burlingame Country Club, Sapphire , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Courthouse Creek
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 8 miles away
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 8 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 12 miles away

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