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North Carolina whitewater, Yellow Creek

Graham county, SR 1242 to US 129 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     1.1 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Knoxville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The SR 1242 to US 129 stretch of Yellow Creek in North Carolina is 1.1 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at Yellow Creek are pretty good. This river
    system has a few good paddling sections and the SR 1242 to US 129 section is one of them. The scenic beauty of Graham County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far.
This section is very short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The wild scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains  
is great. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside North Carolina you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding.

Briefly about the general area:
The Hannah Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best, and you're sure to stumble upon some fine people from Fontana Dam here. All the outdoors exciting things in the Great Smoky Mountains will keep you coming back again and again. Kirkland Gap is a good spot to look at, and there's great hiking along the Long Hungry Ridge Trail.

Yellow Creek, SR 1242 to US 129 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Yellow Creek.
 Whitewater Near Yellow Creek:
Yellow Creek, Graham County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (SR 1242 to US 129)
Cheoah River, Graham County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.1 miles long (Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Slickrock Creek, Graham/ County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 9 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Abrams Creek, Blount County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Cades Cove to US Route 127)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
Doublecamp Creek, Monroe County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 3.17 miles long (to Citico Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Yellow Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 28 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 44 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 55 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 99 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Yellow Creek:
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 3 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 6 miles away
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Yellow Creek:
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 7 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 13 miles away
Highland Manor Inn And Conference Center, Townsend , 14 miles away
Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yellow Creek:
Cheoah Point Campground, Graham County, 3 miles away
Fontana Lake Dam Rd, Fontana Dam, 3 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Twentymile Creek, Fontana Dam, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Yellow Creek:
Long Hungry Ridge Trail, Swain , 6 miles away
Hannah Mountain Trail, Blount , 8 miles away
Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, Monroe , 9 miles away
Stiffknee Trail, Monroe , 9 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Johnson , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yellow Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 30 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 62 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 25 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 31 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Yellow Creek:
Lambert Acres Golf Course, Maryville , 19 miles away
Royal Oaks Golf Course, Maryville , 19 miles away
Royal Oaks Golf Community & Country Club, Maryville , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Yellow Creek
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 2 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 6 miles away

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