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North Carolina whitewater, Catawba River

McDowell Burke county, Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     8.5 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge section of Catawba River in North Carolina is 8.5 miles long and it is
    classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. If you're coming from Forest City it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road
map further down the page with more info on that. 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. The Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is wonderful. The Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty  
of spots for that. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
South Mountain State Park is a wonderful location any time of year; there are plenty of people from Morganton here at Catawba River. Having a pleasant time in the Blue Ridge Mountains is painless. Lake James State Park is a good place to stretch your legs a bit. At Catawba River during the summertime highs are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 60's.

Catawba River, Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 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, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge)
Catawba River - Henry Fork, Burke County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Rich Mtn Road to Warlick Chapel Road)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
First Broad, Cleveland/ Rutherford County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Route 1726 Bridge to Route 1529 Bridge)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 14 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Catawba River - North Fork, Burke County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.5 miles long (Linville)
 Ski Areas Near Catawba River:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 23 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 23 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 26 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 26 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Catawba River:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Catawba River:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 7 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 7 miles away
Quality Inn Morganton, Morganton , 10 miles away
Sleep Inn Morganton, Morganton , 10 miles away
Super 8 Marion NC, Marion , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Catawba River:
Rose Creek Family Campground, Morganton, 6 miles away
Optimistic RV Resort, Morganton, 7 miles away
Lake James State Park, Nebo, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Catawba River:
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 16 miles away
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Catawba River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 54 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 8 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 14 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Catawba River:
Silver Creek Plantation, Morganton , 3 miles away
Mimosa Hills Golf & Country, Morganton , 5 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf club Room, Morganton , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Catawba River
Lake James, Burke , 3 miles away

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