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North Carolina whitewater, Cape Fear

Chatham Harnett Cumberland county, Avents Ferry to Erwin section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     24 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Dunn, as you can see on the road map further down. The Avents Ferry to Erwin stretch of Cape Fear is 24 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section.
    Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an
area with plenty of places for that. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your  
sleeping bag.

Briefly about the general area:
There's glorious hiking along the Group Camp Trail, and lots of folks from Lillington come here. A spree to Raven Rock State Park when you're here at Cape Fear is a splendid idea, and the Little Creek Loop Trail offers hiking at its best. This river is so great. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Cape Fear, and during the night it cools down to the 60's. Highs during the winter are mostly in the 40's; after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Cape Fear drop into the 20's. All the water falling down from the sky makes Cape Fear a wet spot.

Cape Fear, Avents Ferry to Erwin road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cape Fear.
 Whitewater Near Cape Fear:
Upper Little River, Harnett County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Route 2016 to North Carolina Route 217)
Buckhorn Creek, Chatham County, 11 miles away
      Class I(II) - 3 miles long (Highway 42 to Buckhorn Dam Road)
Cape Fear, Chatham/Harnett/Cumberland County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 24 miles long (Avents Ferry to Erwin)
Haw River, Chatham County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Highway 64 to Jordan Reservoir)
Deep River, Chatham County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (US Route 15/501 Bridge to US Route 1 Bridge)
Little River, Moore/Hoke/Cumberland County, 26 miles away
      Class I - 8 miles long (Morrison Bridge to Ft.Bragg)
Haw River, Chatham County, 28 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bynum to Highway 64)
Bear Creek, country County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (May's Chapel Road to confluence with Rocky River)
 Hotels Near Cape Fear:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Lillington, Lillington , 4 miles away
Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn And, Fuquay-Varina , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Fuquay Varina, Fuquay-Varina , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Fuquay Varina, Fuquay-Varina , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Holly Springs NC, Holly Springs , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cape Fear:
Fort Bragg Clay Target Center, Spring Lake, 16 miles away
Smith Lake Army RV Park - Ft Bragg, Fayetteville, 17 miles away
Dream Camps, Cary, 18 miles away
 Trails Near Cape Fear:
Group Camp Trail, Harnett , 3 miles away
Little Creek Loop Trail, Harnett , 3 miles away
American Beech Trail, Harnett , 4 miles away
Raven Rock Loop, Harnett , 4 miles away
Fish Camp Trail, Harnett , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cape Fear:
Raven Rock State Park, North Carolina , 5 miles away
Jordan Lake State Park, North Carolina , 19 miles away
William B. Umstead State Park, North Carolina , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cape Fear:
Pine Burr Golf Course, Lillington , 5 miles away
Keith Hills Golf Course, Lillington , 7 miles away
Hidden Valley Golf Club, Angier , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Cape Fear
Guys Pond, Harnett , 11 miles away
Buffalo Lakes, Harnett , 15 miles away
Smith Lake, Cumberland , 18 miles away

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