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Tennessee whitewater, Nolichucky River

Unicoi county, Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II(III)     3 miles
  If you're coming from Johnson City it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge stretch of Nolichucky
    River is 3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II(III) section of whitewater. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.
The nature scenery of Tennessee and the water flowing gracefully down Nolichucky River will make you feel great. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. There are plenty of other sections in this river system  
that can be paddled as well. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Nolichucky River is right by the Nolichucky River Trail; a spree here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Cherokee National Forest. If you fancy the outdoors you'll fancy it here in the Great Smoky Mountains. The California Trail offers hiking at its best, and Ivy Hollow is in the vicinity, and is a nice spot.

Nolichucky River, Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge 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 Nolichucky River.
 Whitewater Near Nolichucky River:
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 3 miles long (Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guide, Unicoi County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Unicoi County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Cherokee Adventures, Unicoi County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nolichucky River, Unicoi/ Washington County, 4 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 0 miles long (Big Rocks)
Spivey Creek, Unicoi County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook)
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Poplar North to Nolichucky Gorge Campground)
Nolichucky River, Mitchell/ Unicoi County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Rt 197 Poplar to 19/23 Close to Erwin)
Doe River, Carter County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Hampton to Elizabethton)
Doe River, Carter County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Blevins Bridge on Bear Cage Road to Highway 19E bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Nolichucky River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 39 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 81 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 90 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
 Marinas Near Nolichucky River:
Rockingham Marina, Johnson City , 17 miles away
Lakeview Marina & RV Park, Kingsport , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Nolichucky River:
Mountain Inn And Suites, Erwin , 1 miles away
Super 8 Erwin, Erwin , 3 miles away
AmericInn Jonesborough, Jonesborough , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn Johnson City, Johnson City , 12 miles away
Carnegie Hotel, Johnson City , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nolichucky River:
No Business Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Erwin, 3 miles away
Curly Maple Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Erwin, 3 miles away
Riverpark Campground, Jonesborough, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Nolichucky River:
California Trail, Unicoi , 1 miles away
Nolichucky River Trail, Unicoi , 2 miles away
No Business Trail, Unicoi , 2 miles away
Patty Ridge Trail, Unicoi , 3 miles away
Granny Lewis Trail, Unicoi , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nolichucky River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 30 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nolichucky River:
Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville , 6 miles away
Buffalo Valley Golf Course, Unicoi , 10 miles away
Pine Oaks Golf Course, Johnson City , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Nolichucky River
Boone Lake, Sullivan , 18 miles away

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