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North Carolina whitewater, Catawba River

McDowell Burke county, Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     12 miles
  The scenic beauty of McDowell/Burke County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina are easier than the national norm, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The campgrounds here at Catawba River are pretty good. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons
    to come. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camp stove. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge stretch is just one of many.
This stretch of Catawba River is 12 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The put-in is not too far from Forest City, as you can see on the road map further down. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places  
for that around here. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Marion love to come to Catawba River, and when you're here it's always fun to stop at Mount Mitchell State Park. You just can't picture the amount of outdoors fun stuff the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer. If the weather is good here at Catawba River, you can go for a hike along the Bald Mountain Trail. Lake James State Park is both delightful and picturesque, and it's near Catawba River. A good deal of rain falls at Catawba River.

Catawba River, Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge 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 Catawba River.
 Whitewater Near Catawba River:
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge)
Curtis Creek, McDowell County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7 miles long (Close to Old Fort)
Catawba River - North Fork, McDowell County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Route 1559 to Route 1552 Bridge)
Toe River - South, Avery/ Mitchell/ Yancey County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 22.5 miles long (Carolina Hemlocks Camp to Route 1131)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.4 miles long (Lake Lure Dam to Route 1181)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.8 miles long (Route 1181 to North Carolina Route 1004)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/Buncombe County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.6 miles long (Bridge at Flat Creek Road to Bridge at US Route 64)
Catawba River - North Fork, Burke County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.5 miles long (Linville)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/Rutherford County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (Along Route 64/74 to Lake Lure at Chimney Rock)
Linville River, Burke County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16.4 miles long (Linville Falls to Lake James)
 Ski Areas Near Catawba River:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 30 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 32 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 33 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 33 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 96 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
 Hotels Near Catawba River:
Comfort Inn Marion, Marion , 4 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Marion, Marion , 7 miles away
Super 8 Marion NC, Marion , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn Marion, Marion , 9 miles away
Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Catawba River:
Tom Johnson Camping Center Rally Park, Marion, 2 miles away
Buck Creek Campgrounds, Marion, 3 miles away
Triple C Campground, Marion, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Catawba River:
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Catawba River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 33 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Catawba River:
Old Fort Golf Course, Old Fort , 5 miles away
Grassy Creek Golf Course, Spruce Pine , 11 miles away
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club, Spruce Pine , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Catawba River
Bald Mountain Lake, Rutherford , 13 miles away
Lake Lure, Rutherford , 15 miles away
Lake Tomahawk, Buncombe , 17 miles away

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