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North Carolina whitewater, Fires Creek

Clay county, Mule Flats to Arch Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
  The beautiful scenery of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other
    states, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This
is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. If you're coming from Cornelia 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 river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Mule Flats to Arch Bridge section is one of them. Whitewater paddling here in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about
 
the general area:
A pleasant place to take a look at in the vicinity of Fires Creek is Squirrel Spring Gap, and a cool spot to go to is Mule Flats Bend. All year is a perfect time in the Great Smoky Mountains if you have a thing about the outdoors. The CHoga Trail offers hiking at its best; Fires Creek is not far at all from Andrews. This river has so much to offer. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Arkaquah Trail. Fires Creek is a wet site that gets a lot of precipitation. Most of the rain falls throughout March while October is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Fires Creek, Mule Flats to Arch Bridge 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 Fires Creek.
 Whitewater Near Fires Creek:
Fires Creek, Clay County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8 miles long (Two miles above Horse Park to Leatherwood Falls)
Fires Creek, Clay County, 2 miles away
      Class -blank- - 5 miles long (Mule Flats to Arch Bridge)
Hiawassee River, Clay/Cherokee County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 18.3 miles long (Hayesville to US Route 64)
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting, Cherokee County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Appalachian Rivers Raft, Cherokee County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 13 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8 miles long (Power Plant to Wesser)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 13 miles away
      Class III - 3.2 miles long (Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
 Ski Areas Near Fires Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 33 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 35 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 38 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 56 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Fires Creek:
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 8 miles away
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 8 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 11 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 13 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Fires Creek:
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 5 miles away
The Ridges Resort And Club Fieldstone Rs And Conf CT, Hiawassee , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HIAWASSEE, Hiawassee , 10 miles away
Lake Chatuge Lodge, Hiawassee , 12 miles away
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fires Creek:
Bristol Horse Camp, Hayesville, 0 miles away
Fires Creek Hunt Camp, Brasstown, 4 miles away
River's Edge RV Park, Hayesville, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Fires Creek:
CHoga Trail, Cherokee , 7 miles away
Arkaquah Trail, Union , 14 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 15 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 19 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Fires Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 40 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 20 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 21 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fires Creek:
Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville , 7 miles away
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 7 miles away
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Fires Creek
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 6 miles away
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 12 miles away
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 15 miles away

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