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North Carolina whitewater, Swannanoa River

Buncombe county, Main Bridge In Swannanoa to Azalea section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     8.6 miles
  The beautiful scenery of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. The put-in is not too far from Asheville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. The campgrounds here at Swannanoa River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are probably
    into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd
better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. No shortage of good hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Swannanoa River is 8.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is wonderful. This river system has  
    a few good paddling stretches and the Main Bridge In Swannanoa to Azalea section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
The Side Hill Trail is a great hiking trail near Swannanoa River, and Pisgah National
  Forest is a glorious location. Yep, outdoors amusing stuff truly is plentiful here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wilson Cove is near Swannanoa River and is a good place, and you'll perhaps meet some folks from Swannanoa here. This river is so good. If time allows, Blue Ridge Parkway is a national park worth a visit. All the water falling down from the sky makes Swannanoa River a wet site.

Swannanoa River, Main Bridge In Swannanoa to Azalea 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 Swannanoa River.
 Whitewater Near Swannanoa River:
Swannanoa River, BuncombeCounty, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.6 miles long (Main Bridge In Swannanoa to Azalea)
Whitewater Outfitter - Explore Biltmore Outdoor Center, BuncombeCounty, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
French Broad River, Transylvania/ Henderson/ Buncombe/ MadisonCounty, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.5 miles long (North Carolina Route 251 to Route 1634)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/BuncombeCounty, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.6 miles long (Bridge at Flat Creek Road to Bridge at US Route 64)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/RutherfordCounty, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (Along Route 64/74 to Lake Lure at Chimney Rock)
Big Hungry Creek, Henderson/ PolkCounty, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.3 miles long (Big Hungry Road to Green)
Hungry River, HendersonCounty, 18 miles away
      Class IV - 1.3 miles long (Big Hungry Road to Green River)
Green River, Henderson/ PolkCounty, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.9 miles long (Hungry Creek to Green River Cove Road)
Curtis Creek, McDowellCounty, 18 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7 miles long (Close to Old Fort)
Green River, PolkCounty, 18 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Fishtop Access to where river leaves road)
 Ski Areas Near Swannanoa River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 21 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 52 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 72 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 78 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Swannanoa River:
Holiday Inn ASHEVILLE-BILTMORE EAST, Asheville , 2 miles away
Days Inn Biltmore East, Asheville , 2 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East, Asheville , 2 miles away
Ramada Asheville Southeast, Asheville , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Asheville Biltmore East, Asheville , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Swannanoa River:
Azalea Country Campground, Asheville, 2 miles away
Asheville East KOA, Swannanoa, 2 miles away
Taps RV Park, Asheville, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Swannanoa River:
Side Hill Trail, Buncombe , 15 miles away
Shut-In Trail, Buncombe , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Swannanoa River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 9 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 13 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 15 miles away
Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Swannanoa River:
Brookwood Golf Club, Arden , 7 miles away
Black Mountain Town Golf Course, Black Mountain , 7 miles away
Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Swannanoa River
Spivey Lake, Buncombe , 3 miles away
Lake Tomahawk, Buncombe , 8 miles away
Lake Powhatan, Buncombe , 14 miles away

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