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North Carolina whitewater, Fires Creek

Clay county, Two miles above Horse Park to Leatherwood Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+     8 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Cornelia, as you can see on the road map further down. 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 quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle.
    The Two miles above Horse Park to Leatherwood Falls stretch of Fires Creek is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III+ section. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive
a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Two miles above Horse Park to Leatherwood Falls stretch is one of them. The campgrounds here at Fires Creek are pretty good. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This section is long enough  
to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Thorn Mountain Trail is great fun; Fires Creek is a place with many visitors from Andrews. Life's too short to enjoy all the enjoyable stuff in the Great Smoky Mountains. Mule Flats Bend is something you shouldn't miss while you're here at Fires Creek, and Fires Creek is right by the CHoga Trail.

Fires Creek, Two miles above Horse Park to Leatherwood Falls road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Fires Creek.
 Whitewater Near Fires Creek:
Fires Creek, Clay County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8 miles long (Two miles above Horse Park to Leatherwood Falls)
Fires Creek, Clay County, 1 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, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 12 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)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
 Ski Areas Near Fires Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 32 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 34 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 37 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 55 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Fires Creek:
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 7 miles away
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 9 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 11 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 13 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Fires Creek:
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 5 miles away
The Ridges Resort And Club Fieldstone Rs And Conf CT, Hiawassee , 9 miles away
The Ridges Resort And Marina, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Young Harris , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HIAWASSEE, Hiawassee , 10 miles away
Lake Chatuge Lodge, Hiawassee , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Fires Creek:
Bristol Horse Camp, Hayesville, 1 miles away
River's Edge RV Park, Hayesville, 5 miles away
Fires Creek Hunt Camp, Brasstown, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Fires Creek:
CHoga Trail, Cherokee , 6 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 14 miles away
Arkaquah Trail, Union , 14 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 18 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Fires Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 39 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 21 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 21 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Fires Creek:
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 6 miles away
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 6 miles away
Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Fires Creek
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 6 miles away
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 11 miles away
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 16 miles away

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