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Tennessee whitewater, Spivey Creek

Unicoi county, Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     1.8 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Johnson City, as you can see on the road map further down. The average Tennessee whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. There
    are many good hotels to choose from, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch of Spivey Creek in Unicoi County is 1.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class
V+ section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This section is quite short so better bring some good walking shoes. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river. The nature scenery of Unicoi County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. There  
are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook stretch is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Really nice skiing awaits you at Wolf Ridge, and a visit to Spivey Creek wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Spivey Falls. Yep, outdoors fun stuff truly is bountiful here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since you're here at Spivey Creek why not stop at Big Cove, and going for a hike on the Granny Lewis Trail is always a nice adventure. This river has it all. Spivey Creek is not far at all from Flag Pond, and there is a tremendous hiking trail close by called the Bald Mountain Trail.

Spivey Creek, Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook 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 Spivey Creek.
 Whitewater Near Spivey Creek:
Spivey Creek, Unicoi County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guide, Unicoi County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 3 miles long (Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Unicoi County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Cherokee Adventures, Unicoi County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nolichucky River, Unicoi/ Washington County, 8 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 0 miles long (Big Rocks)
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Poplar North to Nolichucky Gorge Campground)
Nolichucky River, Mitchell/ Unicoi County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Rt 197 Poplar to 19/23 Close to Erwin)
Brush Creek, Madison County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to French Broad River)
Walnut Creek, Madison County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (US 25/70 to Barnard)
 Ski Areas Near Spivey Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 5 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 77 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 85 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
 Hotels Near Spivey Creek:
Mountain Inn And Suites, Erwin , 5 miles away
Super 8 Erwin, Erwin , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Mars Hill - University Area, Mars Hill , 13 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Jonesborough-Johnson City West, TN, Jonesborough , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn Johnson City, Johnson City , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Spivey Creek:
Bald Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Flag Pond, 2 miles away
No Business Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Erwin, 3 miles away
Bald Mountain Campground, Yancey County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Spivey Creek:
Bald Mountain Trail, Unicoi , 2 miles away
Granny Lewis Trail, Unicoi , 2 miles away
No Business Trail, Unicoi , 3 miles away
Nolichucky River Trail, Unicoi , 5 miles away
Patty Ridge Trail, Unicoi , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Spivey Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 25 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 18 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Spivey Creek:
Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville , 8 miles away
Buffalo Valley Golf Course, Unicoi , 15 miles away
Cedar Ridge Par 3, Jonesborough , 16 miles away

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