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North Carolina whitewater, Davidson River

Transylvania county, Forest Service Road 475-A to Looking Glass Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(IV)     3.5 miles
 
I love Davidson river campground, my family and I go there every summer and stay 2 weeks at a time..... The last time we were there, we tubed down the river and it was awesome.... We tubed for 3 hours that day and the rapid were also great.... but let me tell you from experience, if you want to have a good time tubing, don't have a small child tagging along, because I had to pull a child down the river in a float and I was absolutely tired
    at the end of the day. Says Ashton

If you're coming from Brevard it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of
Davidson River in North Carolina is 3.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III+(IV) section. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Forest Service Road 475-A to Looking Glass Creek stretch is one of them. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers  
here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The beautiful scenery of Transylvania County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Davidson River, Forest Service Road 475-A to Looking Glass Creek 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 Davidson River.
 Whitewater Near Davidson River:
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (FS Road 475 to Sycamore Flats)
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 2 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (Forest Service Road 475-A to Looking Glass Creek)
Looking Glass Creek, Transylvania County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 5 miles long (Along Highway 278)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, -blank- County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 276)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, Haywood County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.7 miles long (3800 foot countour line to US Route 276 Bridge)
Pigeon River - East Fork, Haywood County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.7 miles long (Route 1887 Bridge to North Carolina Route 110 Bridge)
French Broad River - North Fork, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 7.2 miles long (Route 1326 Bridge to US Route 64 Bridge)
Courthouse Creek, Transylvania County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Trailhead to National Forest French Broad)
Pigeon River - West Fork, Haywood County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Along Highway 215)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Davidson River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 39 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 42 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 57 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 82 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 83 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Davidson River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BREVARD, Brevard , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn Brevard NC, Brevard , 7 miles away
Mountain Springs Cabins, Candler , 13 miles away
Days Inn Asheville West, Candler , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Canton, Canton , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Davidson River:
Cove Creek Campground, Transylvania County, 1 miles away
Kuykendall Group, Brevard, 4 miles away
White Pine Group, Brevard, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Davidson River:
Art Loeb Trail, Transylvania , 5 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 5 miles away
Buck Spring Trail, Transylvania , 6 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 7 miles away
Pilot Rock Trail, Transylvania , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Davidson River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 24 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 55 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 16 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 17 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Davidson River:
Mountain Range Golf Center, Brevard , 6 miles away
Connestee Falls Golf Club, Brevard , 6 miles away
Glen Cannon Country Club, Brevard , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Davidson River
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 13 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 14 miles away
Summit Camp Lake, Transylvania , 15 miles away

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