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North Carolina whitewater, Little Tennessee River

Macon Swain county, North Carolina Route 28 to US Route 19 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     23 miles
  The wonderful Macon/ Swain County scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Little Tennessee River in North Carolina is 23 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. The starting point is not too far from Sevierville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,
    either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. There's camping available near Little Tennessee River. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery
along the way too. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the North Carolina Route 28 to US Route 19 section is just one of them. Getting a good workout  
and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Raby Bend is an attention-grabbing location to have a look at while at Little Tennessee River. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Rartram Trail; if you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Bryson City. This is a great river. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Little Tennessee River; Wesser Creek Trail is a delightful local trail.

Little Tennessee River, North Carolina Route 28 to US Route 19 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 Little Tennessee River.
 Whitewater Near Little Tennessee River:
Little Tennessee River, Macon/ Swain County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 23 miles long (North Carolina Route 28 to US Route 19)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour, Swain County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Village Resort And Spa, Swain County, 7 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Rolling Thunder River, Swain County, 7 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - USA Rafts, Swain County, 8 miles away
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Cartoogechaye River, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2.75 miles long (Mount Hope Church to Louisa Chapel Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters, Swain County, 8 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Deep Creek Tubes, Swain County, 9 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Endless River Adventures, Swain County, 9 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Adventurous Fast River Rafting-Nantahala, Swain County, 10 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Little Tennessee River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 20 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 20 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 23 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 75 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Little Tennessee River:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Tennessee River:
Riverbend Lodging, Bryson City , 7 miles away
Sleep Inn Bryson City - Cherokee Area, Bryson City , 7 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Bryson City, Bryson City , 7 miles away
Relax Inn, Bryson City , 7 miles away
Nantahala Cabins, Bryson City , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Tennessee River:
Smoky Mountain Meadows Campground, Bryson City, 4 miles away
Ela Campground, Bryson City, 5 miles away
Rose Creek Campground, Franklin, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Little Tennessee River:
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 8 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 10 miles away
Tsali Horse Trail, Graham , 11 miles away
Hurricane Creek Trail, Macon , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Tennessee River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 23 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 64 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 10 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 22 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Tennessee River:
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 7 miles away
Smoky Mountain Golf Course, Whittier , 9 miles away
Franklin Golf Course, Franklin , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Tennessee River
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 15 miles away
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 20 miles away

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