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North Carolina whitewater, Horsepasture River

Transylvania county, US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     4.2 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Brevard, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Horsepasture River is 4.2 miles long and has been rated as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. 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. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while
are great reasons to come. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The nature scenery of North Carolina and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Don't leave Horsepasture River without first paying a visit to Rainbow Falls. A visit to Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests when you're here at Horsepasture River is never a bad idea; Windy Falls is an inspiring site to take a look at while you're here. This is a really good river. While you're here at Horsepasture River you will meet lots of people from nearby Sapphire. Keowee-Toxaway State Park is a tremendous location to go to on a gorgeous day, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Foothills Trail. Through the days of summer here at Horsepasture River, high temperatures typically get into the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Horsepasture River, US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee 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 Horsepasture River.
 Whitewater Near Horsepasture River:
Horsepasture River, Transylvania County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.2 miles long (US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Thompson River, Transylvania County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.2 miles long (North Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Toxaway River, Transylvania County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.69 miles long (Highway 64 to Lake Jocassee)
Whitewater, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee)
Toxaway River - Upper, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Lake Toxaway)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir)
Toxaway Creek, Transylvania County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 3.6 miles long (Frozen Creek Road Bridge to Lake Jocassee)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
Whitewater River, Jackson/Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Bullpen Road to Highway 281)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.9 miles long (Highway 107 to Walhalla Fish Hatchery)
 Ski Areas Near Horsepasture River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 28 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 55 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 99 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Hotels Near Horsepasture River:
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 8 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 13 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 17 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 17 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Horsepasture River:
Westridge, Lake Toxaway, 3 miles away
Riverbend RV Park, Lake Toxaway, 4 miles away
Camp Winding Gap, Lake Toxaway, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Horsepasture River:
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 7 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 7 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 12 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 12 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Horsepasture River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 40 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 53 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 6 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 9 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Horsepasture River:
Burlingame Country Club, Sapphire , 3 miles away
Lake Toxaway Company Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 4 miles away
Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Horsepasture River
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 3 miles away
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 7 miles away
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 7 miles away

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