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North Carolina whitewater, Wilson Creek

Avery Caldwell county, Upper Wilson section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     5 miles
  This stretch of Wilson Creek in North Carolina is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Avery/Caldwell County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than
    elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. The starting location is a reasonable drive
from Boone, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but  
you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
The slopes of Hawksnest are so inviting nobody can resist, and going for a hike along the Daniel Boone Scout Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. You just can't imagine the amount of outdoors enjoyable stuff the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer. Here at Wilson Creek there are plenty of people from Collettsville, and hiking along the Yancey Ridge Trail is good fun. This river has so much to offer.

Wilson Creek, Upper Wilson 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 Wilson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Wilson Creek:
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
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)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 7 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
Boone Fork, Watauga County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Julian Price Park to Watauga)
Thunderhole Creek, Caldwell County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.5 miles long (Globe Road to Upton)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Wilson Creek:
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 7 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 11 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 12 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 95 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 99 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Wilson Creek:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 17 miles away
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Wilson Creek:
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express BLOWING ROCK SOUTH, Blowing Rock , 9 miles away
Ridgeway Inn, Blowing Rock , 9 miles away
Best Western Mountain Lodge At Banner Elk, Banner Elk , 9 miles away
Meadowbrook Inn And Suites, Blowing Rock , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wilson Creek:
Mortimer, Collettsville, 2 miles away
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Julian Price, Blowing Rock, 7 miles away
Brown Mt CUA Dispersed, Jonas Ridge, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Wilson Creek:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 0 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wilson Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 59 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 19 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 24 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wilson Creek:
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 7 miles away
Hawksnest Ski Resort, Seven Devils , 8 miles away
Sugar Mountain Golf Club, Sugar Mountain , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Wilson Creek
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 10 miles away
Lake James, Burke , 16 miles away
Trout Lake, Watauga , 19 miles away

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