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North Carolina whitewater, Wilson Creek

Caldwell county, Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     5 miles
  The nature scenery of Caldwell County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The starting point is not too far from Boone, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. This stretch of Wilson Creek in Caldwell County is 5 miles long and has been
    determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside
this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign stretch is just one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river.  
You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
What would winter be without some skiing at Hawksnest; if the weather is fine, you can go for a hike along the Yancey Ridge Trail. Having a fine time in the Blue Ridge Mountains is simple. At Wilson Creek you always meet someone from Collettsville, and the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is a glorious hiking trail nearby. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. High temperatures at Wilson Creek during the summer months are in the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Wilson Creek, Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign 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:
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
 Ski Areas Near Wilson Creek:
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 11 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 11 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 15 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 , 94 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Wilson Creek:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Wilson Creek:
Holiday Inn Express BLOWING ROCK SOUTH, Blowing Rock , 11 miles away
Ridgeway Inn, Blowing Rock , 11 miles away
Green Park Inn Historic Hotels Of America, Blowing Rock , 11 miles away
Meadowbrook Inn And Suites, Blowing Rock , 11 miles away
The Village Inn, Blowing Rock , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wilson Creek:
Mortimer, Collettsville, 1 miles away
Brown Mt CUA Dispersed, Jonas Ridge, 5 miles away
Daniel Boone Family Campground, Morganton, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Wilson Creek:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 4 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wilson Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 58 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 16 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 23 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wilson Creek:
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 9 miles away
Hawksnest Ski Resort, Seven Devils , 11 miles away
Country Acres Golf Course, Lenoir , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Wilson Creek
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 13 miles away
Lake James, Burke , 13 miles away

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