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North Carolina whitewater, Wilson Creek

Caldwell county, National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV+(V)     1.9 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. If you're coming from Boone it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. This stretch of Wilson Creek is 1.9 miles long and is according to American
    Whitewater a class III-IV+(V) section of whitewater. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Wilson Creek will make you feel great. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit
to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. For all you  
camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Hawksnest since you're here. Near Wilson Creek you hit upon the Yancey Ridge Trail which is a great hiking trail; Wilson Creek is not far at all from Collettsville. This river is so perfect. Going for a hike on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail is always a perfect adventure. At Wilson Creek through the months of summer highs are in the 70's, and the night is a tad cooler of course, commonly in the 50's.

Wilson Creek, National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach 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, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 10 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
 Ski Areas Near Wilson Creek:
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 15 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 95 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Wilson Creek:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Wilson Creek:
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express BLOWING ROCK SOUTH, Blowing Rock , 12 miles away
Green Park Inn Historic Hotels Of America, Blowing Rock , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 12 miles away
Ridgeway Inn, Blowing Rock , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wilson Creek:
Brown Mt CUA Dispersed, Jonas Ridge, 2 miles away
Playmore Beach Campground, Lenoir, 3 miles away
Mortimer, Collettsville, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Wilson Creek:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 6 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wilson Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 59 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 16 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 20 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wilson Creek:
Country Acres Golf Course, Lenoir , 9 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf club Room, Morganton , 10 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf Club, Morganton , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Wilson Creek
Lake James, Burke , 12 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 16 miles away

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