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North Carolina whitewater, Cullasaja River

Macon county, Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     3.5 miles
  This section of Cullasaja River is 3.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Seneca it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting
    or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.
If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. This stretch is short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The nature scenery of Macon County and the cool fresh water  
beats anything. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come.

Briefly about the general area:
A day on the slopes of Scaly Mountain is just what you need, and on a delightful day you can take a hike along the Gage Trail. If you want a delightful time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Don't leave Cullasaja River without visiting Black Rock Mountain State Park, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Shortoff Mountain Trail. A river like this is too good to miss.

Cullasaja River, Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cullasaja River.
 Whitewater Near Cullasaja River:
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 3 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge)
Cartoogechaye River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2.75 miles long (Mount Hope Church to Louisa Chapel Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Little Tennessee River, Macon/ Swain County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 23 miles long (North Carolina Route 28 to US Route 19)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.75 miles long (Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch)
Middle Creek, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.3 miles long (North Carolina 106)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Norton Creek, Jackson County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Above Thorpe Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Cullasaja River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 11 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 35 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Cullasaja River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 17 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Cullasaja River:
Hampton Inn Franklin, Franklin , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn Franklin, Franklin , 3 miles away
Knights Inn Franklin, Franklin , 4 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Franklin, Franklin , 5 miles away
Carolina Motel, Franklin , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cullasaja River:
Old Corundum Millsite Campground, Franklin, 1 miles away
Fort Cannon Campground, Franklin, 3 miles away
Cullasaja River Campground, Franklin, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cullasaja River:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Gage Trail, Macon , 11 miles away
Stewart Trail, Macon , 12 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 12 miles away
Hurricane Creek Trail, Macon , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cullasaja River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 34 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 58 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 12 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cullasaja River:
Franklin Golf Course, Franklin , 4 miles away
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 9 miles away
Sky Valley Resort, Dillard , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Cullasaja River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 7 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 18 miles away

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