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North Carolina whitewater, Norton Creek

Jackson county, Above Thorpe Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V(V+)     2.5 miles
 
Norton Creek does not have any public land for stream access.† The boat put-in and take-out shown are on private property. I know, as I am the land owner of the take-out property identified. If you run Norton Creek, plan on going over the falls and paddling to the dam to take-out. Trespassers will be prosecuted and maybe dog bitten! Says Tom Massie

The Above Thorpe Lake stretch of Norton Creek in North Carolina is 2.5 miles long
    and has been rated as a class IV-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind
that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. If you're coming from Brevard it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because  
it is a very popular destination. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
If you like skiing, you're in luck; Scaly Mountain is close to Norton Creek; during your tour here you'll meet some people from Glenville for sure.

Norton Creek, Above Thorpe Lake 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 Norton Creek.
 Whitewater Near Norton Creek:
Norton Creek, Jackson County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Above Thorpe Lake)
Tuckasegee River - West Fork, Jackson County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 9.5 miles long (Thorpe Dam to Tuckasegee River)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III+(V+) - 5 miles long (Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake)
Chattooga River, Jackson County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (North Carolina 1107 to Bull Pen Bridge)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.75 miles long (Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 9.4 miles long (Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee)
Chattooga River, Rabun/Oconee County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford Bridge)
Chattooga River, Jackson/Macon County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Bullpen Bridge to Burrell's Ford)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Whitewater River, Jackson/Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Bullpen Road to Highway 281)
 Ski Areas Near Norton Creek:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 17 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 42 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 64 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Norton Creek:
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 1 miles away
Innisfree Bed And Breakfast By, Cashiers , 4 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 5 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 6 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Norton Creek:
Ralph J. Andrews County Park, Tuckasegee, 3 miles away
Arrowmont Stables and Cabins, Cullowhee, 4 miles away
Singing waters Camping Resort, Tuckasegee, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Norton Creek:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 3 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 4 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Norton Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 40 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 48 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 16 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 17 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Norton Creek:
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 4 miles away
High Hampton Inn & Country Club, Cashiers , 4 miles away
Landings, Cashiers , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Norton Creek
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 7 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 8 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 11 miles away

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