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North Carolina whitewater, Cullasaja River

Macon county, Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     4.75 miles
The run from Cooks Sawmill(one bridge down from Peeks Creek Bridge is a great canoe run which will take you to the Little Tennessee River at the Franklin Greenway.  The run is about 8 miles and has several mild rapid runs and great scenic views.  Take a cooler and enjoy the day.  Be sure there has been enough rain prior to your trip to ensure a smooth run. Says Chris Jepsen

If you're coming from Seneca it's not a long drive at all
    to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Macon County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Cullasaja River have people coming here. The Lake Sequoyah
to below Cosmic Crunch section of Cullasaja River in North Carolina is 4.75 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area  
has a large number of paddling places. The campgrounds here at Cullasaja River are pretty good. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Shortoff Mountain Trail, and a short journey to Bridal Veil Falls is always worthwhile.

Cullasaja River, Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Cullasaja River.
 Whitewater Near Cullasaja River:
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.75 miles long (Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Clear Creek, Macon/Rabun County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 2 miles long (Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III+(V+) - 5 miles long (Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road)
Holcombe Creek, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.9 miles long (FS Road 86B bridge to Three Forks of West Fork Chattooga)
Big Creek, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Highway 28 to Overflow Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Cullasaja River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 6 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 , 29 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 42 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Cullasaja River:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Cullasaja River:
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 3 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 3 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 3 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 3 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cullasaja River:
Vanhook Glade Campground, Macon County, 1 miles away
Vanhook Glade, Highlands, 1 miles away
Van Hook Glade Campground, Highlands, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Cullasaja River:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 4 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 5 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 7 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cullasaja River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 41 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 56 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 15 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cullasaja River:
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 2 miles away
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 4 miles away
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Cullasaja River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 0 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 15 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 18 miles away

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