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North Carolina whitewater, Catawba River - Henry Fork

Burke county, Rich Mtn Road to Warlick Chapel Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     18 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The starting location is a short drive from Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir. The Rich Mtn Road to Warlick Chapel Road section of Catawba River - Henry Fork in Burke County is 18 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. The natural beauty of North Carolina
    and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother
nature will have you coming back for more. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. There's  
camping available near Catawba River - Henry Fork.

Briefly about the general area:
During your trip to Catawba River - Henry Fork you'll meet some folks from Morganton for sure. Lake James State Park is a fine location, and South Mountain State Park is a fine place to pop by. This river has so much to offer. For the period of the long summer days, highs commonly are in the 60's at Catawba River - Henry Fork. Throughout the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 50's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 30's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Catawba River - Henry Fork.


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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Catawba River - Henry Fork.
 Whitewater Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
First Broad, Cleveland/ Rutherford County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Route 1726 Bridge to Route 1529 Bridge)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 16 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 18 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
 Ski Areas Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 56 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 2 miles away
 Hotels Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 2 miles away
Quality Inn Morganton, Morganton , 4 miles away
Sleep Inn Morganton, Morganton , 4 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Lenoir, Lenoir , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Rose Creek Family Campground, Morganton, 8 miles away
Playmore Beach Campground, Lenoir, 8 miles away
Optimistic RV Resort, Morganton, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 59 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 10 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Catawba River - Henry Fork:
Quaker Meadows Golf club Room, Morganton , 1 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf Club, Morganton , 1 miles away
Mimosa Hills Golf & Country, Morganton , 1 miles away
 Lakes Near Catawba River - Henry Fork
Lake James, Burke , 9 miles away
Rhodhiss Lake, Caldwell , 19 miles away

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