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North Carolina whitewater, Yadkin River

Caldwell Wilkes county, Route 268 Bridge to Route 1137 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     19.9 miles
 
One of many nice rivers in the area Says Anonymous

The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nature scenery of North Carolina and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Great exercise and a chance to spend
    some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
The Route 268 Bridge to Route 1137 section of Yadkin River is 19.9 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your sleeping bag. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Route 268 Bridge to Route 1137 stretch is one of them. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large  
number of paddling places. There's camping available near Yadkin River. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those 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.

Briefly about the general area:
Skiing at Appalachian Mountain is one of those things you just have to do, and there are plenty of folks from Lenoir here at Yadkin River. But wait, there's more enjoyable things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You might want to pay a visit to Happy Valley since you're here at Yadkin River.

Yadkin River, Route 268 Bridge to Route 1137 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 Yadkin River.
 Whitewater Near Yadkin River:
Elk Creek, Wilkes County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.4 miles long (Route 1162 to Route 268 Bridge)
Thunderhole Creek, Caldwell County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.5 miles long (Globe Road to Upton)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wahoo's Whitewater Rafting, Watauga County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Watauga County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - River & Earth Adventures, Watauga County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Boone Fork, Watauga County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Julian Price Park to Watauga)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 17 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, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Yadkin River:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 23 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 27 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 93 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Yadkin River:
R & N Marina, Hickory , 17 miles away
Lake Hickory Marina, Hickory , 17 miles away
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Yadkin River:
Comfort Inn Lenoir, Lenoir , 5 miles away
Days Inn Lenoir, Lenoir , 6 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Lenoir, Lenoir , 6 miles away
Green Park Inn Historic Hotels Of America, Blowing Rock , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express BLOWING ROCK SOUTH, Blowing Rock , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yadkin River:
Green Mountain Park Resort, Lenoir, 3 miles away
Boone Fork, Patterson, 7 miles away
Rider's Roost, Ferguson, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Yadkin River:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yadkin River:
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 23 miles away
New River State Park, North Carolina , 24 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yadkin River:
Cedar Rock Country Club, Lenoir , 5 miles away
Lenoir Golf Club, Lenoir , 6 miles away
Country Acres Golf Course, Lenoir , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Yadkin River
Trout Lake, Watauga , 8 miles away
Rhodhiss Lake, Caldwell , 14 miles away

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