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North Carolina whitewater, Davidson River

Transylvania county, FS Road 475 to Sycamore Flats section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     5 miles
  This section of Davidson River in Transylvania County is 5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Brevard, as you can see on the road map further down. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. The FS Road 475 to Sycamore Flats section is one
    of a few paddling sections in this river system. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. 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. There's camping available near Davidson River. The scenic beauty of Transylvania County and the water flowing gracefully down Davidson River attract people from near and far. This stretch is mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina are easier than the national norm, so better not forget that lots of rivers in  
this state are good for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
On a pleasant day at Davidson River you can take a hike along the Buck Spring Trail, and at Davidson River you always meet someone from Brevard. Man, is there lots of cool stuff to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Caesars Head State Park is a great spot to stretch your legs a bit, and Neil Gap is a wonderful site to spend some time. This river has it all. Table Rock State Park is a gorgeous place any time of year, and if the weather is nice, you can go for a hike along the Black Mountain Trail. Looking Glass Falls is always fun to check out.

Davidson River, FS Road 475 to Sycamore Flats 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 Davidson River.
 Whitewater Near Davidson River:
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (FS Road 475 to Sycamore Flats)
Looking Glass Creek, Transylvania County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 5 miles long (Along Highway 278)
Davidson River, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 3.5 miles long (Forest Service Road 475-A to Looking Glass Creek)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, Haywood County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.7 miles long (3800 foot countour line to US Route 276 Bridge)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, -blank- County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 276)
Pigeon River - East Fork, Haywood County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.7 miles long (Route 1887 Bridge to North Carolina Route 110 Bridge)
French Broad River - North Fork, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 7.2 miles long (Route 1326 Bridge to US Route 64 Bridge)
French Broad River - East Fork, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (East Fork Road at Laurel Branch to French Broad River)
Little River, Transylvania County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Base of Triple Falls to Hooker Falls)
Little River, Transylvania County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (Triple Falls)
 Ski Areas Near Davidson River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 46 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 61 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 79 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Davidson River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BREVARD, Brevard , 3 miles away
Hampton Inn Brevard, Brevard , 3 miles away
The Inn At Brevard, Brevard , 3 miles away
Days Inn Asheville West, Candler , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Canton, Canton , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Davidson River:
White Pine Group, Brevard, 1 miles away
Davidson River, Pisgah Forest, 1 miles away
Camp Carolina, Brevard, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Davidson River:
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 3 miles away
Buck Spring Trail, Transylvania , 6 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 6 miles away
Mullinax Trail, Transylvania , 6 miles away
Pilot Rock Trail, Transylvania , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Davidson River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 22 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 58 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 14 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 14 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Davidson River:
Connestee Falls Golf Club, Brevard , 2 miles away
Mountain Range Golf Center, Brevard , 3 miles away
Glen Cannon Country Club, Brevard , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Davidson River
Summit Camp Lake, Transylvania , 12 miles away
Lake Powhatan, Buncombe , 14 miles away
Enka Lake, Buncombe , 16 miles away

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