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North Carolina whitewater, Clear Creek

Macon Rabun county, Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+(V+)     2 miles
  The nature scenery of Macon/Rabun County and the water flowing gracefully down Clear Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek stretch of Clear Creek in North Carolina is 2 miles long and is a class III+(V+) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget
    that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. No shortage of good hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks.
There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The put-in is not too far from Seneca, if you're  
not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There's camping available near Clear Creek.

Briefly about the general area:
Clear Creek is right next door to Black Rock Mountain State Park which is a stunning place, and pleasant skiing awaits you at Scaly Mountain. Be careful coming to the Blue Ridge Mountains, you might not ever want to return back home again. Clear Creek is a site with many visitors from Highlands, and do take a hike on the Three Forks Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea. Nearby Wheel Branch Gap is a perfect place to go if you're at Clear Creek, and hiking along the Burrells Ford Trail is magnificent fun.

Clear Creek, Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek 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 Clear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Clear Creek:
Clear Creek, Macon/Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 2 miles long (Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Big Creek, Rabun County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Highway 28 to Overflow Creek)
Holcombe Creek, Rabun County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.9 miles long (FS Road 86B bridge to Three Forks of West Fork Chattooga)
Chattooga River - West Fork, Rabun County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Overflow Creek Road Bridge to Highway 28 Boater's Access)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.75 miles long (Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Highway 28 Putin to Earl's Ford)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 13 miles long (Earls Ford to Route 76 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Clear Creek:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 7 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 10 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 33 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 47 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 73 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Clear Creek:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 14 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 19 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Clear Creek:
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 3 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 3 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 4 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 4 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clear Creek:
Blue Valley, Highlands, 1 miles away
Blue Valley Campground, Macon County, 1 miles away
West Fork, Highlands, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Clear Creek:
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 1 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 6 miles away
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clear Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 45 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 57 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 11 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 14 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clear Creek:
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 1 miles away
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 3 miles away
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Clear Creek
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 5 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 17 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 20 miles away

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