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North Carolina whitewater, Elk River

Avery (NC) Carter (TN) county, Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V(V+)     4.8 miles
  This section of Elk River in North Carolina is 4.8 miles long and is a class IV-V(V+) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside North Carolina you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The scenic beauty of Avery (NC)/Carter (TN) County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons
    enough to come here to paddle. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee section is just one of them. A good workout and just being out on the river for
a while are great attractions for lots of people. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you're coming from Boone it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road  
map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Roan Mountain State Park is a great spot to go if you're at Elk River, and there's delightful hiking along the Little Pond Mountain Trail. The wonderful folks of Elk Park like to hang out nearby, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Elk River; Laurel Fork Trail is a glorious local trail. At this river you will always have a good time.

Elk River, Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee 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 Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Elk River, Avery (NC)/Carter (TN) County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee)
Elk River, Carter and Avery County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Big Falls to Poga Rd)
Elk River, Avery County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.4 miles long (Route 1326 to Route 1305)
Elk River, Carter County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills)
Watauga, Watauga / Johnson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (US Route 321 Bridge to Route 1200)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Doe River, Carter County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.6 miles long (Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road)
North Toe River, Avery County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 4 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 9 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 19 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 95 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Elk River:
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 5 miles away
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 9 miles away
Lakeshore Marina, Hampton , 13 miles away
Fish Springs Marina, Hampton , 17 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Jackalope's Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk , 4 miles away
Beech Mountain Inns, Banner Elk , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Mountain Lodge At Banner Elk, Banner Elk , 7 miles away
Banner Elk Winery And Villa, Banner Elk , 7 miles away
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Mountaineer Falls Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Elk Park, 4 miles away
Apple House Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Elk Park, 6 miles away
Grandfather Campground and Cabins, Banner Elk, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Little Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 9 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 9 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 10 miles away
Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 11 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 55 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 11 miles away
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Wilderness Trail, Banner Elk , 6 miles away
Diamond Creek, Banner Elk , 7 miles away
Sugar Mountain Golf Club, Sugar Mountain , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk River
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 6 miles away
Watauga Lake, Carter , 14 miles away
South Holston Lake, Sullivan , 20 miles away

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