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North Carolina whitewater, Upper Creek

Burke county, Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(IV)     17 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The put-in is not too far from Boone, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982 stretch of Upper Creek in Burke County is 17 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater
    to be a class III+(IV) section. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The scenic beauty of North
Carolina and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. The Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions  
for lots of people. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Upper Creek; Daniel Boone Scout Trail is a glorious local trail. Head up to Sugar Mountain and strap some skis to your feet, and at Upper Creek you always meet someone from Collettsville. This is a great river. There's great hiking along the Yancey Ridge Trail; Lake James State Park is a magnificent place to stop at. Upper Creek sees pretty high levels of rainfall.

Upper Creek, Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982 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 Upper Creek.
 Whitewater Near Upper Creek:
Steels Creek, Burke County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Linville River, Burke County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16.4 miles long (Linville Falls to Lake James)
 Ski Areas Near Upper Creek:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 19 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Upper Creek:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Upper Creek:
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 12 miles away
Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Morganton, Morganton , 14 miles away
Sleep Inn Morganton, Morganton , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Upper Creek:
Daniel Boone Family Campground, Morganton, 1 miles away
Optimistic RV Resort, Morganton, 2 miles away
Rose Creek Family Campground, Morganton, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Upper Creek:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 8 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 12 miles away
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Upper Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 54 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 11 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 21 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Upper Creek:
Quaker Meadows Golf club Room, Morganton , 11 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf Club, Morganton , 11 miles away
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Upper Creek
Lake James, Burke , 8 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 15 miles away

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