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North Carolina whitewater, Catawba River - North Fork

Burke county, Linville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2.5 miles
  This section of Catawba River - North Fork in Burke County is 2.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V+ section. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The wonderful Burke County scenery and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The beautiful Blue
    Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Linville section is just one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll
find a large number of good spots. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The starting point is not too far from Boone, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming  
from far and near. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Yancey Ridge Trail is always a good adventure, and Lake James State Park is worth taking a look at. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is a pleasant hiking trail right next door to Catawba River - North Fork called the Bald Mountain Trail; beautiful scenery and perfect skiing is what you obtain at Sugar Mountain. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. You'll meet a lot of people from Newland here, and a journey to Catawba River - North Fork wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Linville Falls.

Catawba River - North Fork, Linville 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near Catawba River - North Fork:
Catawba River - North Fork, Burke County, 0 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.5 miles long (Linville)
Linville River, Burke County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16.4 miles long (Linville Falls to Lake James)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 7 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
North Toe River, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E)
Catawba River - North Fork, McDowell County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Route 1559 to Route 1552 Bridge)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Catawba River - North Fork:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 15 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 16 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 39 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 82 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Catawba River - North Fork:
Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine , 5 miles away
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 13 miles away
Best Western Mountain Lodge At Banner Elk, Banner Elk , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn Marion, Marion , 14 miles away
Banner Haven Bed And Breakfast, Banner Elk , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Catawba River - North Fork:
Linville Falls Trailer Lodge, Linville Falls, 2 miles away
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Linville Falls, Linville Falls, 3 miles away
Bear Den Campground, McDowell County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Catawba River - North Fork:
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 11 miles away
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 13 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 14 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 19 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Catawba River - North Fork:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 46 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 11 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 19 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Catawba River - North Fork:
Grassy Creek Golf Course, Spruce Pine , 9 miles away
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 9 miles away
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club, Spruce Pine , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Catawba River - North Fork
Lake James, Burke , 12 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 13 miles away

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