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North Carolina whitewater, Deep Creek

Swain county, Bryson City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     3 miles
  The Bryson City section of Deep Creek in Swain County is 3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The river winds through the Great Smoky Mountains and you
    get great scenery. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area
has a large number of paddling spots. The starting location is a short drive from Sevierville, as you can see on the road map further down. This is a pretty short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The natural beauty of Swain County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Bryson City section is one of them. Getting your paddling muscles  
activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place next to Deep Creek, and going for a hike on the Tsali Horse Trail is always a wonderful adventure. So many entertaining things to do here in the Great Smoky Mountains, too wonderful to be true. You'll meet a lot of folks from Bryson City here, and there are good places to look at along the Sugarland Mountain Trail. This river is so great. Deep Creek is a quite wet place frequently with a good deal of rain.

Deep Creek, Bryson City 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 Deep Creek.
 Whitewater Near Deep Creek:
Whitewater Outfitter - Deep Creek Tubes, Swain County, 1 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Deep Creek, Swain County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Bryson City)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour, Swain County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tuckasegee River, Jackson/Swain County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Whittier to Bryson City)
Noland Creek, Swain County, 7 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1 miles long (Lakeview Road to Fontana Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Smokey Mountain Tubing, Swain County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Upper Road Prong, Sevier County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.09 miles long (Green Light Falls to Third Bridge)
Oconaluftee River, Swain County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Quiet Walkway to Smokemont)
Little River, Sevier County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.2 miles long (Huskey Gap Branch to Elkmont C.Highway)
Road Prong, Sevier County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 0.72 miles long (Third bridge to right above West Prong confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Deep Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 16 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 27 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 28 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Deep Creek:
Relax Inn, Bryson City , 3 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Bryson City, Bryson City , 3 miles away
Sleep Inn Bryson City - Cherokee Area, Bryson City , 3 miles away
Riverbend Lodging, Bryson City , 3 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites On The River, Cherokee , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Deep Creek:
Deep Creek Campground, Swain County, 1 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Deep Creek, Bryson City, 1 miles away
Smoky Mountain Campground, Bryson City, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Deep Creek:
Tsali Horse Trail, Graham , 11 miles away
Sugarland Mountain Trail, Sevier , 13 miles away
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 14 miles away
Jakes Creek Trail, Sevier , 14 miles away
Laurel Falls Trail, Sevier , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Deep Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 14 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 61 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 19 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 31 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Deep Creek:
Smoky Mountain Golf Course, Whittier , 6 miles away
Sequoyah National Golf Club, Whittier , 6 miles away
Golf Scapes, Whittier , 10 miles away

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