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North Carolina whitewater, Cullasaja River

Macon county, Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     2 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Macon County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Seneca, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge section of Cullasaja River is 2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V(V+) section
    of whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or
kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge stretch is just one of them. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. There are campgrounds  
quite near the river where you can camp. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to California Gap is always fun; Cullasaja River is right by the Three Forks Trail. There's no way anybody can get bored here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Don't leave Cullasaja River without first paying a visit to Cullasaja Falls. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Shortoff Mountain Trail, and Black Rock Mountain State Park is a pleasant location to check out.

Cullasaja River, Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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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(V+) - 2 miles long (Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 2 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.75 miles long (Lake Sequoyah to below Cosmic Crunch)
Middle Creek, Macon County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.3 miles long (North Carolina 106)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Clear Creek, Macon/Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 2 miles long (Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III+(V+) - 5 miles long (Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake)
Holcombe Creek, Rabun County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.9 miles long (FS Road 86B bridge to Three Forks of West Fork Chattooga)
 Ski Areas Near Cullasaja River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 6 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 9 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 , 39 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 , 15 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Cullasaja River:
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 6 miles away
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 6 miles away
200 Main, Highlands , 6 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn Franklin, Franklin , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cullasaja River:
Vanhook Glade, Highlands, 2 miles away
Vanhook Glade Campground, Macon County, 2 miles away
Old Corundum Millsite Campground, Franklin, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Cullasaja River:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 6 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 8 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 10 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 11 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cullasaja River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 38 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 57 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 14 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 15 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cullasaja River:
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 5 miles away
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 7 miles away
Cullasaja Club, Highlands , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Cullasaja River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 3 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 16 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 20 miles away

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