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North Carolina whitewater, Cullasaja River

Macon county, Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV(V+)     2.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Macon County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Seneca, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often more forgiving than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. Whether
    you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. The Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls section of Cullasaja River in Macon County is 2.5 miles long and it is classified
as a class IV(V+) section by American Whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. Lodging is available near the river, but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car. This section is quite short so no need to bring snacks.

Briefly about the general area:
Buckhorn Gap is a splendid location to pop by nearby, and there's good hiking along the Shortoff Mountain Trail. So much amusing stuff to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains, not enough time. The friendly folks of Highlands like to hang out close by, and the Three Forks Trail offers hiking at its best. This river is a wonderful place to visit. A tour to Cullasaja River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Dry Falls. Black Rock Mountain State Park is a delightful place any time of year; Bridal Veil Falls is an inspiring location to have a look at while here.

Cullasaja River, Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls 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 Cullasaja River.
 Whitewater Near Cullasaja River:
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.75 miles long (Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 3 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Clear Creek, Macon/Rabun County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 2 miles long (Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek)
Middle Creek, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.3 miles long (North Carolina 106)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III+(V+) - 5 miles long (Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake)
Holcombe Creek, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.9 miles long (FS Road 86B bridge to Three Forks of West Fork Chattooga)
 Ski Areas Near Cullasaja River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 5 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 9 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 30 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 41 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Cullasaja River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 15 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Cullasaja River:
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 4 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 4 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 4 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 4 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cullasaja River:
Vanhook Glade, Highlands, 1 miles away
Vanhook Glade Campground, Macon County, 1 miles away
Van Hook Glade Campground, Highlands, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cullasaja River:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 5 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 6 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 9 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cullasaja River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 40 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 56 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 14 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 16 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cullasaja River:
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 4 miles away
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 6 miles away
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Cullasaja River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 2 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 16 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 19 miles away

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