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North Carolina whitewater, Santeetlah River

Graham county, Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     5 miles
  The scenic beauty of Graham County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake stretch of Santeetlah River in Graham County is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number
    of rivers in this state are quite easy. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Knoxville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's
a road map further down the page. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Whether you're whitewater rafting or  
kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Big Stack Gap Branch Trail is splendid fun, and if you're here, you might as well stop by Horse Cove. That right there is plenty of fun stuff already but it goes on, the Great Smoky Mountains has it all. You're sure to come across some friendly people from Robbinsville here, and going for a hike along the Fodderstack Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Lots of fun awaits you along this river.

Santeetlah River, Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah 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 Santeetlah River.
 Whitewater Near Santeetlah River:
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Cheoah River, Graham County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.1 miles long (Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch)
Yellow Creek, Graham County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (SR 1242 to US 129)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Slickrock Creek, Graham/ County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 6 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 8 miles long (Hooper Bald to Junction)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
Doublecamp Creek, Monroe County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 3.17 miles long (to Citico Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Santeetlah River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 31 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 44 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 58 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Santeetlah River:
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 4 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 6 miles away
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 13 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 19 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Santeetlah River:
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 7 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 16 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Santeetlah River:
Rattler Ford Campground, Graham County, 0 miles away
Horse Cove Campground, Graham County, 1 miles away
Cheoah Point Campground, Graham County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Santeetlah River:
Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, Monroe , 8 miles away
Fodderstack Trail, Monroe , 9 miles away
Stiffknee Trail, Monroe , 9 miles away
Brush Mountain Trail, Monroe , 9 miles away
South Fork Citico Trail, Monroe , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Santeetlah River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 34 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 63 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 25 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 31 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 33 miles away
 Lakes Near Santeetlah River
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 3 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 9 miles away
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 20 miles away

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