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North Carolina whitewater, Santeetlah River

Graham county, Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This section of Santeetlah River is 5 miles long and is a class III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. 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. If you're a camper you can
    camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains scenery is an added bonus.
A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The put-in is not too far from Knoxville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The natural beauty of Graham County  
and the water flowing gracefully down Santeetlah River will make you feel great.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Fodderstack Trail, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Robbinsville here. Be careful coming to the Great Smoky Mountains, you might not ever wanna return back home again. Santeetlah River is right by the Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, and you might also want to pay a visit to Obadiah Gap while you're here at Santeetlah River. This river is so great. Through the months of summer at Santeetlah River highs are commonly in the 80's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's typically in the 60's.

Santeetlah River, Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge 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 Santeetlah River.
 Whitewater Near Santeetlah River:
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 3 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Slickrock Creek, Graham/ County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 8 miles long (Hooper Bald to Junction)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
Cheoah River, Graham County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.1 miles long (Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch)
Yellow Creek, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (SR 1242 to US 129)
Doublecamp Creek, Monroe County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 3.17 miles long (to Citico Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Santeetlah River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 34 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 46 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Santeetlah River:
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 7 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 9 miles away
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 16 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 16 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Santeetlah River:
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 10 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 14 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santeetlah River:
Horse Cove Campground, Graham County, 2 miles away
Rattler Ford Campground, Graham County, 2 miles away
Bear Creek Hunt Camp, Robbinsville, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Santeetlah River:
Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, Monroe , 6 miles away
Fodderstack Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
South Fork Citico Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
Brush Mountain Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
North Fork Citico Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Santeetlah River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 37 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 61 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 23 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 33 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Santeetlah River:
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Santeetlah River
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 5 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 12 miles away
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 19 miles away

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