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Tennessee whitewater, Elk River

Carter county, Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4.3 miles
  If you're coming from Boone it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills section of Elk River is 4.3 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There's camping available near Elk River. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Route
    2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills stretch is just one of many. The wonderful Carter County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The average Tennessee
whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a pretty decent length  
section, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
Roan Mountain State Park is a tremendous place to go if you're at Elk River; going for a hike on the Laurel Fork Trail is always a nice adventure. People from Elk Park love to come to Elk River; nearby you hit upon the Little Pond Mountain Trail which is a nice hiking trail. This river has it all. The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Twisting Falls, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Ski Beech. A perfect place close to Elk River is Lunsford Hollow, and Sycamore Shoals State Park is worth stopping at.

Elk River, Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Elk River, Carter County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills)
Elk River, Avery (NC)/Carter (TN) County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee)
Elk River, Carter and Avery County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Big Falls to Poga Rd)
Watauga, Watauga / Johnson County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
Elk River, Avery County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.4 miles long (Route 1326 to Route 1305)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
Doe River, Carter County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.6 miles long (Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road)
Doe River - Laurel Fork, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Dennis Cove to Hampton)
Watauga, Carter/ Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.6 miles long (Watauga Reservoir to Boone Lake)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (US Route 321 Bridge to Route 1200)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 12 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 23 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 95 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Elk River:
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 4 miles away
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 7 miles away
Lakeshore Marina, Hampton , 9 miles away
Fish Springs Marina, Hampton , 13 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Jackalope's Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk , 8 miles away
Beech Mountain Inns, Banner Elk , 9 miles away
BEST WESTERN Mountain Lodge At Banner Elk, Banner Elk , 11 miles away
Banner Elk Winery And Villa, Banner Elk , 11 miles away
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Mountaineer Falls Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Elk Park, 2 miles away
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler, 5 miles away
Apple House Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Elk Park, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Little Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 5 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 6 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 6 miles away
Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 7 miles away
Iron Mountain Trail, Johnson , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 54 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 8 miles away
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 12 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Wilderness Trail, Banner Elk , 10 miles away
Diamond Creek, Banner Elk , 11 miles away
Sugar Mountain Golf Club, Sugar Mountain , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk River
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 9 miles away
Watauga Lake, Carter , 10 miles away
South Holston Lake, Sullivan , 16 miles away

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