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North Carolina whitewater, Pigeon River

Cocke county, Big Creek to Hartford section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     4.66 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The natural beauty of Cocke County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. The Big Creek to Hartford section of Pigeon River in North Carolina is 4.66 miles long and has been rated as a class III+ section by American Whitewater. The starting point
    is not too far from Newport, as you can see on the road map further down. 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. Whitewater
paddling here in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great experience. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Big Creek to Hartford stretch is just one of them. Some people prefer  
whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of folks from Hartford come to Pigeon River, and Moore Hollow is close by, and is a pleasant place. And that's not all the things to do here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Go for a hike on the Baxter Creek Trail, and hey, Gotta ski right? Cataloochee is a good place to do that. This river is always fun. There are fine places to discover along the Stone Mountain Trail. Pigeon River typically gets much rainfall. May is the month that gets the most rain, and October meanwhile is the driest month.

Pigeon River, Big Creek to Hartford 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 Pigeon River.
 Whitewater Near Pigeon River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoor Adventures, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Creek, Haywood County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Five Rivers Adventures, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rip Roaring Adventures, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid Descent River, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Creek, Haywood County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 5.4 miles long (Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Pigeon River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 31 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 49 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Pigeon River:
Indian Creek Boat Dock, Dandridge , 18 miles away
Swann's Marina, Dandridge , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Pigeon River:
Knights Inn Newport, Newport , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Newport, Newport , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NEWPORT SOUTH, Newport , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Newport, Newport , 10 miles away
Best Western Newport Inn, Newport , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pigeon River:
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 1 miles away
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 1 miles away
Fox Fire Camp And Canoe, Hartford, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Pigeon River:
Stone Mountain Trail, Cocke , 3 miles away
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Lower Whiterock Trail, Cocke , 5 miles away
Asbury Trail, Haywood , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pigeon River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 27 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 40 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 32 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pigeon River:
Smoky MTN Country Club & Grill, Newport , 9 miles away
Bent Creek Golf Village, Gatlinburg , 16 miles away
Iron Tree Golf Course, Clyde , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Pigeon River
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 7 miles away

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