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North Carolina whitewater, Curtis Creek

McDowell county, Close to Old Fort section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     7 miles
  The Close to Old Fort stretch of Curtis Creek in North Carolina is 7 miles long and is a class IV+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Forest City, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you
    came. The campgrounds here at Curtis Creek are pretty good. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill
up quick. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind  
that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
The Bald Mountain Trail is a wonderful hiking trail in close proximity to Curtis Creek, and a delightful site like Mount Mitchell State Park is too good to leave out. These mountains rock, just check out all the cool stuff to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Curtis Creek is a place with many visitors from Old Fort; you might also want to pay a visit to Lead Mine Gap if you're here at Curtis Creek. This is such a fun river.

Curtis Creek, Close to Old Fort 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 Curtis Creek.
 Whitewater Near Curtis Creek:
Curtis Creek, McDowell County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 7 miles long (Close to Old Fort)
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Route 1234 Bridge to US Route 221 Bridge)
Toe River - South, Avery/ Mitchell/ Yancey County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 22.5 miles long (Carolina Hemlocks Camp to Route 1131)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/Buncombe County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.6 miles long (Bridge at Flat Creek Road to Bridge at US Route 64)
Catawba River - North Fork, McDowell County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Route 1559 to Route 1552 Bridge)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.4 miles long (Lake Lure Dam to Route 1181)
Rocky Broad River, Henderson/Rutherford County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.5 miles long (Along Route 64/74 to Lake Lure at Chimney Rock)
Swannanoa River, Buncombe County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.6 miles long (Main Bridge In Swannanoa to Azalea)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.8 miles long (Route 1181 to North Carolina Route 1004)
Green River, Polk County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.2 miles long (North Carolina Route 9 below Lake Adger Dam to North Carolina Route 1005)
 Ski Areas Near Curtis Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 34 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 35 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 35 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 64 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 91 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 96 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Curtis Creek:
Comfort Inn Marion, Marion , 10 miles away
Super 8 Black Mountain, Black Mountain , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Black Mountain, Black Mountain , 11 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Marion, Marion , 13 miles away
Super 8 Marion NC, Marion , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Curtis Creek:
Curtis Creek, Old Fort, 1 miles away
Catawba Falls Campground, Old Fort, 3 miles away
Mountain Stream RV Park, Marion, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Curtis Creek:
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Curtis Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 27 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 8 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 19 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Curtis Creek:
Old Fort Golf Course, Old Fort , 4 miles away
Black Mountain Town Golf Course, Black Mountain , 11 miles away
Bald Mountain Golf Course, Lake Lure , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Curtis Creek
Lake Tomahawk, Buncombe , 11 miles away
Bald Mountain Lake, Rutherford , 12 miles away
Lake Lure, Rutherford , 14 miles away

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