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North Carolina whitewater, Tuckasegee River - West Fork

Jackson county, Thorpe Dam to Tuckasegee River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV+(V)     9.5 miles
  This section of Tuckasegee River - West Fork is 9.5 miles long and is a class III-IV+(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river. The average
    North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. If you're a camper
you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Thorpe Dam to Tuckasegee River stretch is just one of them. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Brevard, as you can see on the road map further down. 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. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Betsy Falls will fill your soul with pleasant feelings. Go for a hike on the Shortoff Mountain Trail; some interesting geology is available here, Onion Cliff is right here. This is such a fun river. Good hiking is available along the Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, and do put some time aside to spend at Onion Cliff Falls while you're here at Tuckasegee River - West Fork.

Tuckasegee River - West Fork, Thorpe Dam to Tuckasegee River 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 - West Fork.
 Whitewater Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork:
Tuckasegee River - West Fork, Jackson County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 9.5 miles long (Thorpe Dam to Tuckasegee River)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 9.4 miles long (Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee)
Norton Creek, Jackson County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Above Thorpe Lake)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III+(V+) - 5 miles long (Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rafting With MY Kids, Jackson County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chattooga River, Jackson County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (North Carolina 1107 to Bull Pen Bridge)
Tuckasegee River - East Fork, Jackson County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.5 miles long (Bonas Defeat Gorge)
Scotts Creek, Jackson County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2 miles long (Willets-Ochre Hill to Addie)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 11 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Dillsboro to Route 1392)
 Ski Areas Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 17 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 19 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 21 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 39 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 60 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork:
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Sylva, Sylva , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Sylva, Sylva , 10 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork:
Singing waters Camping Resort, Tuckasegee, 1 miles away
Ralph J. Andrews County Park, Tuckasegee, 3 miles away
Arrowmont Stables and Cabins, Cullowhee, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 7 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 8 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 13 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 14 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 37 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 45 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 19 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 21 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork:
High Hampton Inn & Country Club, Cashiers , 8 miles away
Landings, Cashiers , 8 miles away
Red Bird Golf Links, Sapphire , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuckasegee River - West Fork
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 5 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 10 miles away
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 11 miles away

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