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North Carolina whitewater, Tuckasegee River - East Fork

Jackson county, Bonas Defeat Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     1.5 miles
 
The statement couldn't be further from the truth. Professional paddlers move to NC (Asheville in particular) to paddle world-famous class V runs that are famous for their low-volume challenges. Says Justin

This place is suicide for anyone in a boat. It's extraordinarily dangerous for someone even hiking. It is dewatered and would probably only run when the flood gates were open during a very large storm. Full of potholes, sieves, and
    strainers. Don't believe me, simply look for pictures inside Bonas Defeat (http:// www.pbase.com / waterfallrich/bonas_defeat_gorge) Says JS

This section of Tuckasegee River - East Fork in Jackson County is 1.5 miles
long and has been rated as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these  
hotels fill up quick. The put-in location is a short drive from Brevard. When you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The nature scenery of Jackson County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too.

   

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These outdoors activities are available near Tuckasegee River - East Fork.
 Whitewater Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork:
Tuckasegee River - East Fork, Jackson County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.5 miles long (Bonas Defeat Gorge)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir)
Toxaway River - Upper, Transylvania County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Lake Toxaway)
Horsepasture River, Transylvania County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.2 miles long (US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Toxaway River, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.69 miles long (Highway 64 to Lake Jocassee)
Thompson River, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.2 miles long (North Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 9.4 miles long (Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee)
Courthouse Creek, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Trailhead to National Forest French Broad)
Tuckasegee River - West Fork, Jackson County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 9.5 miles long (Thorpe Dam to Tuckasegee River)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 20 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 27 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 47 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 95 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Hotels Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork:
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 6 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN Smoky Mountain Inn, Waynesville , 14 miles away
The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort And Spa, Waynesville , 14 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork:
Wolf Creek Overlook, Tuckasegee, 3 miles away
Pounding Branch Campground, Lake Toxaway, 6 miles away
Westridge, Lake Toxaway, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork:
Art Loeb Trail, Transylvania , 11 miles away
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 13 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 15 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 17 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 38 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 44 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 15 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 19 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork:
Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 6 miles away
Landings, Cashiers , 9 miles away
Waynesville Country Club Inn & Starter, Waynesville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuckasegee River - East Fork
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 1 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 4 miles away
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 8 miles away

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