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North Carolina whitewater, Cullasaja River

Macon county, Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III+(V+)     5 miles
  This stretch of Cullasaja River is 5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III+(V+) section by American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The nature scenery of North Carolina and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The starting point is not too
    far from Seneca, as you can see on the road map further down. When you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake stretch is
one of many paddling stretches in this river system. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels  
fill up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Cullasaja River it's always fun to check out Oconee State Park; you can hit the slopes at Scaly Mountain in close proximity. If you like the outdoors you'll like it here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll meet a lot of people from Highlands here, and nearby you come across the Shortoff Mountain Trail which is a good hiking trail. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Highlands Falls is always fun to check out, and if you want to take a look at some interesting stuff, take a look at Sunset Rock.

Cullasaja River, Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake 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 Cullasaja River.
 Whitewater Near Cullasaja River:
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III+(V+) - 5 miles long (Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.75 miles long (Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch)
Norton Creek, Jackson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Above Thorpe Lake)
Clear Creek, Macon/Rabun County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 2 miles long (Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Chattooga River, Rabun/Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford Bridge)
Chattooga River, Jackson/Macon County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Bullpen Bridge to Burrell's Ford)
Big Creek, Rabun County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Highway 28 to Overflow Creek)
Chattooga River, Jackson County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (North Carolina 1107 to Bull Pen Bridge)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Cullasaja River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 13 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 44 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Cullasaja River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Cullasaja River:
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 1 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 2 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 2 miles away
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 2 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cullasaja River:
Van Hook Glade Campground, Highlands, 2 miles away
Ammons Branch Campground, Macon County, 4 miles away
Vanhook Glade Campground, Macon County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cullasaja River:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 3 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 4 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 5 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cullasaja River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 42 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 52 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 13 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 16 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cullasaja River:
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 1 miles away
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 2 miles away
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Cullasaja River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 4 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 12 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 15 miles away

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