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North Carolina whitewater, Hiawassee River

Clay Cherokee county, Hayesville to US Route 64 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     18.3 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Cornelia, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section of Hiawassee River in Clay/Cherokee County is 18.3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a large
    number of rivers in this state are quite easy. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay
the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Hayesville to US Route 64 section is one of them. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. For all you camping  
people there are campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
While staying at Hiawassee River you could always look at Henson Cove, and you can have a glorious hiking adventure along the CHoga Trail. Having a glorious time in the Great Smoky Mountains is simple. Hiawassee River is a location with many visitors from Brasstown, and do take a hike on the Arkaquah Trail.

Hiawassee River, Hayesville to US Route 64 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 Hiawassee River.
 Whitewater Near Hiawassee River:
Hiawassee River, Clay/Cherokee County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 18.3 miles long (Hayesville to US Route 64)
Fires Creek, Clay County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 8 miles long (Two miles above Horse Park to Leatherwood Falls)
Fires Creek, Clay County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 5 miles long (Mule Flats to Arch Bridge)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 8 miles long (Hooper Bald to Junction)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 17 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Helton Creek, Union County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (US 19 to Nottelly River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River)
 Ski Areas Near Hiawassee River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 39 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 44 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 64 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Hiawassee River:
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 9 miles away
Blairsville Docks Unlimited, Blairsville , 11 miles away
Nottely Marina, Blairsville , 11 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 12 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Hiawassee River:
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 7 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 7 miles away
Days Inn Murphy, Murphy , 8 miles away
The Ridges Resort And Club Fieldstone Rs And Conf CT, Hiawassee , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hiawassee River:
Purple Pony Cottage and Stables-Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville, 3 miles away
Fires Creek Hunt Camp, Brasstown, 4 miles away
Creekside Rv Park, Marble, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Hiawassee River:
Arkaquah Trail, Union , 12 miles away
CHoga Trail, Cherokee , 15 miles away
Coosa Backcountry Trail, Union , 15 miles away
Duncan Ridge Trail, Union , 17 miles away
Whigg Ridge Trail, Monroe , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Hiawassee River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 47 miles away
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 67 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 17 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 17 miles away
Unicoi State Park, Georgia , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hiawassee River:
Brasstown Valley Golf Club, Young Harris , 8 miles away
Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville , 8 miles away
Old Union Golf Club, Blairsville , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Hiawassee River
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 9 miles away
Bowen Lake, Union , 9 miles away
Nottely Lake, Union , 13 miles away

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