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North Carolina whitewater, Johns River

Burke / Caldwell county, Route 1328 to Route 1438 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     6.5 miles
  The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Route 1328 to Route 1438 stretch of Johns River is 6.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The starting point is not too far from Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t
    get lost. 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. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. Whether
you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Route 1328 to Route 1438 stretch is one of them. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. This is  
    a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
If
  you're visiting Johns River from Morganton, you won't be the only one, and the Yancey Ridge Trail is a perfect hiking trail nearby. All the outdoors entertaining things in the Blue Ridge Mountains will keep you coming back repeatedly. All through the days of summer at Johns River temperatures are typically in the 70's. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 50's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 40's, and throughout the dark hours in the wintertime at Johns River temperatures drop to the 10's.

Johns River, Route 1328 to Route 1438 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 Johns River.
 Whitewater Near Johns River:
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Catawba River - Henry Fork, Burke County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Rich Mtn Road to Warlick Chapel Road)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 13 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
 Ski Areas Near Johns River:
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 22 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 56 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Johns River:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Johns River:
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Morganton, Morganton , 9 miles away
Sleep Inn Morganton, Morganton , 9 miles away
The Inn at Glen Alpine, Glen Alpine , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Johns River:
Playmore Beach Campground, Lenoir, 2 miles away
Brown Mt CUA Dispersed, Jonas Ridge, 3 miles away
Optimistic RV Resort, Morganton, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Johns River:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 11 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Johns River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 61 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 15 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 16 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Johns River:
Quaker Meadows Golf club Room, Morganton , 6 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf Club, Morganton , 6 miles away
Country Acres Golf Course, Lenoir , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Johns River
Lake James, Burke , 11 miles away
Rhodhiss Lake, Caldwell , 19 miles away

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