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North Carolina whitewater, Cullasaja River

Macon county, Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     2 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Seneca, as you can see on the road map further down. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The scenic beauty of Macon County and the water flowing gracefully down Cullasaja River make the trip here worthwhile. This is a bit of
    a short stretch so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book
a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section of Cullasaja River in Macon County is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II(III) section. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road stretch is just one of many. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. You might  
be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
If you feel like a little side spree, try California Gap, and the snow is tremendous at Scaly Mountain. Yep, outdoors fun things truly is abundant here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lots of folks from Highlands come to Cullasaja River It's always great to visit Cullasaja Falls. This river is always fun. Everybody loves Black Rock Mountain State Park, and you can have a delightful hiking adventure along the Three Forks Trail.

Cullasaja River, Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road 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 II(III) - 2 miles long (Peeks Creek Road to Peaceful Cove Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Peaceful Cove Road to Fulton Road)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2 miles long (Base of Cullasaja Falls to Peeks Creek Bridge)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class IV(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Below Cosmic Crunch to Above Cullasaja Falls)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 6 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)
Cartoogechaye River, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2.75 miles long (Mount Hope Church to Louisa Chapel Road)
Overflow Creek, Rabun County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (USFS Road 86B to Overflow Creek Road Bridge)
Cullasaja River, Macon County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III+(V+) - 5 miles long (Ravenel Lake to Mirror Lake)
Clear Creek, Macon/Rabun County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(V+) - 2 miles long (Off Highway 28 Into Overflow Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Cullasaja River:
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 , 28 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 37 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
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Cullasaja River:
Hampton Inn Franklin, Franklin , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Franklin, Franklin , 5 miles away
Rodeway Inn Franklin, Franklin , 6 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Franklin, Franklin , 7 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cullasaja River:
Old Corundum Millsite Campground, Franklin, 2 miles away
Vanhook Glade, Highlands, 4 miles away
Vanhook Glade Campground, Macon County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cullasaja River:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 7 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 10 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 11 miles away
Gage Trail, Macon , 12 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cullasaja River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 36 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 57 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 14 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 15 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cullasaja River:
Franklin Golf Course, Franklin , 6 miles away
Highlands Falls Country Club Pool & Tennis, Highlands , 7 miles away
Sky Valley Resort, Dillard , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Cullasaja River
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 5 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 16 miles away

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