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North Carolina whitewater, Cove Creek

polk county, to Green River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     3 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Asheville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of
    places for that. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem
but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch of Cove Creek in polk County is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V(V+) section. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the to Green River section is one of them. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are  
great reasons to come. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great.

Briefly about the general area:
Bradley Falls is a fine local attraction, and if you're going to from Saluda, you won't be the only one. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Cove Creek, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. Highs during the wintertime are typically in the 40's, and during the dark hours in the winter at Cove Creek temperatures dip to the 20's. The high level of rainfall makes Cove Creek a pretty wet spot.

Cove Creek, to Green River 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 Cove Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cove Creek:
Cove Creek, polk County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to Green River)
Green River, Henderson County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 3.7 miles long (Tuxedo Powerplant to above Hungry Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Green River Adventures, Polk County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Green River, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 6 miles long (Fishtop Access to where river leaves road)
North Pacolet River, Henderson/Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (Pearsons Falls along Highway 176 to Tryon)
Big Hungry Creek, Henderson/ Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.3 miles long (Big Hungry Road to Green)
Hungry River, Henderson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 1.3 miles long (Big Hungry Road to Green River)
Green River, Henderson/ Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.9 miles long (Hungry Creek to Green River Cove Road)
North Saluda River, Greenville County, 6 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 1.3 miles long (Trail to North Saluda Reservoir)
Green River, Henderson County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 1.2 miles long (Summit Lake Dam to powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near Cove Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 60 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 75 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 90 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Cove Creek:
The Orchard Inn, Saluda , 4 miles away
1906 Pine Crest Inn Restaura, Tryon , 5 miles away
Days Inn Columbus Tryon, Columbus , 6 miles away
Mountain Inn Suites, Flat Rock , 8 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Flat Rock, Flat Rock , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cove Creek:
Orchard Lake Campground, Saluda, 4 miles away
Silver Creek Campground and whitewater Outfitters, Mill Spring, 6 miles away
Twin Ponds RV Park, Flat Rock, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cove Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 26 miles away
Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina , 19 miles away
Paris Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 20 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cove Creek:
Tryon Country Club, Tryon , 4 miles away
Cliffs At Glassy, Landrum , 7 miles away
Kenmure Properties Golf Club, Flat Rock , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Cove Creek
Lake Bonclarken, Henderson , 9 miles away
Lake Lure, Rutherford , 11 miles away
Crooked Creek Lake, Henderson , 12 miles away

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