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North Carolina whitewater, French Broad River - East Fork

Transylvania county, East Fork Road at Laurel Branch to French Broad River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     5.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the water flowing gracefully down French Broad River - East Fork are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Brevard, as you can see on the road map further down.
    Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors
are great attractions for lots of people. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. This section of French Broad River - East Fork in Transylvania County is 5.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The campgrounds here at French Broad River  
- East Fork are pretty good. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Wallace Gap is near French Broad River - East Fork and is absolutely a fine spot to check out; the Art Loeb Trail is a perfect hiking trail close by. And if that's not enough there's lots more entertaining things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here at French Broad River - East Fork you'll probably meet some folks from Brevard; Caesars Head State Park is a good place to stretch your legs a bit.

French Broad River - East Fork, East Fork Road at Laurel Branch to French Broad River road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near French Broad River - East Fork.
 Whitewater Near French Broad River - East Fork:
French Broad River - East Fork, Transylvania County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (East Fork Road at Laurel Branch to French Broad River)
Eastatoe Creek, Pickens County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.52 miles long (US 178 to Smith Creek above Lake Keowee)
Toxaway Creek, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 3.6 miles long (Frozen Creek Road Bridge to Lake Jocassee)
French Broad River - North Fork, Transylvania County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 7.2 miles long (Route 1326 Bridge to US Route 64 Bridge)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
Carrick Creek, Pickens County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Green Creek Con Fork to Pinnacle Lake)
Matthews Creek, Greenville County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 6 miles long (Raven Cliff Falls to US 276)
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (FS Road 475 to Sycamore Flats)
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (Forest Service Road 475-A to Looking Glass Creek)
Eastatoe Creek - Lower Gorge, Pickens County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 2 miles long (Mill Creek to Dug Mountain Access)
 Ski Areas Near French Broad River - East Fork:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 33 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 37 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 41 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 63 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near French Broad River - East Fork:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BREVARD, Brevard , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Brevard NC, Brevard , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 19 miles away
Mountain Springs Cabins, Candler , 21 miles away
Days Inn Easley West Of Greenville/Clemson Area, Easley , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near French Broad River - East Fork:
our 100 Acre Woods - Primitive Campground, Brevard, 1 miles away
Lazy J Campground, Rosman, 2 miles away
Adventure Village at Headwaters, Rosman - Brevard, 3 miles away
 Trails Near French Broad River - East Fork:
Art Loeb Trail, Transylvania , 10 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 12 miles away
Mullinax Trail, Transylvania , 15 miles away
Buck Spring Trail, Transylvania , 15 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near French Broad River - East Fork:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 31 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 60 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 7 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 13 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near French Broad River - East Fork:
Connestee Falls Golf Course, Brevard , 4 miles away
Rock Golf Course, Pickens , 7 miles away
Mountain Range Golf Center, Brevard , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near French Broad River - East Fork
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 10 miles away
Summit Camp Lake, Transylvania , 12 miles away
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 13 miles away

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