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North Carolina whitewater, Tuckasegee River

Jackson Swain county, Whittier to Bryson City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     8 miles
  If you're coming from Sevierville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way
    there are lots of good rivers for that around here. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whitewater paddling here in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great experience. There are many good hotels to
choose from, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section of Tuckasegee River in North Carolina is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. There's camping available near Tuckasegee River. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The scenic beauty of Jackson/Swain County and the cool fresh water attract people from near  
and far. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
The Wesser Creek Trail is a delightful hiking trail close to Tuckasegee River, and the great folks of Bryson City like to hang out nearby. And that's not all there is to do here in the Great Smoky Mountains. If the weather is delightful here at Tuckasegee River, you can go for a hike along the Tsali Horse Trail, and Battle Cove is a glorious location to spend some time. A river like this is too good to miss. Through the summer here at Tuckasegee River, high temperatures mostly get into the 80's.

Tuckasegee River, Whittier to Bryson City 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 Tuckasegee River.
 Whitewater Near Tuckasegee River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Deep Creek Tubes, Swain County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tuckasegee River, Jackson/Swain County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Whittier to Bryson City)
Deep Creek, Swain County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Bryson City)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour, Swain County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Smokey Mountain Tubing, Swain County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Blue Ridge Outing, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Mountains Outdoor, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Noland Creek, Swain County, 9 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1 miles long (Lakeview Road to Fontana Lake)
Oconaluftee River, Swain County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Quiet Walkway to Smokemont)
Oconaluftee River, Swain County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 11.5 miles long (Smokemont Campground to Birdtown)
 Ski Areas Near Tuckasegee River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 19 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 23 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 26 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Tuckasegee River:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Bryson City, Bryson City , 2 miles away
Sleep Inn Bryson City - Cherokee Area, Bryson City , 3 miles away
Relax Inn, Bryson City , 3 miles away
Riverbend Lodging, Bryson City , 4 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites On The River, Cherokee , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuckasegee River:
Hide Away Campground, Bryson City, 1 miles away
Hide-a-way Campground, Bryson City, 1 miles away
Bear Hunter Campground, Bryson City, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Tuckasegee River:
Tsali Horse Trail, Graham , 13 miles away
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 14 miles away
Sugarland Mountain Trail, Sevier , 16 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 17 miles away
Jakes Creek Trail, Sevier , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tuckasegee River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 17 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 59 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 18 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 29 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuckasegee River:
Smoky Mountain Golf Course, Whittier , 3 miles away
Sequoyah National Golf Club, Whittier , 4 miles away
Golf Scapes, Whittier , 8 miles away

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