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North Carolina whitewater, First Broad

Cleveland Rutherford county, Route 1726 Bridge to Route 1529 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     15 miles
  The nature scenery of North Carolina and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. No matter if you're whitewater rafting
    or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. This stretch of First Broad in North Carolina is 15 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. You might have to settle for
a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. The Route 1726 Bridge to Route 1529 Bridge section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains  
is a great plus for this river. The starting point is not too far from Forest City, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Bostic love to come to First Broad, and a splendid spot like South Mountain State Park is too tremendous to leave out. So much cool stuff in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just striking. Through the warmest time of the year, highs frequently are in the 80's at First Broad while night lows are usually in the 60's. Through the wintertime the highs are ordinarily in the 40's, and overnight lows in the 20's for First Broad.

First Broad, Route 1726 Bridge to Route 1529 Bridge 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 First Broad.
 Whitewater Near First Broad:
First Broad, Cleveland/ Rutherford County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Route 1726 Bridge to Route 1529 Bridge)
Catawba River - Henry Fork, Burke County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Rich Mtn Road to Warlick Chapel Road)
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.2 miles long (US Route 221 South Bridge to South Carolina Route 10 Bridge)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Broad River, Cherokee/ York County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.9 miles long (South Carolina Route 18 Bridge to South Carolina Route 211 Bridge)
Island Creek, Spartanburg County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cornmill Road Close to Mayo to Pacolet River)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
 Ski Areas Near First Broad:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 36 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 36 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 38 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 94 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near First Broad:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near First Broad:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 12 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 12 miles away
Sleep Inn Morganton, Morganton , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Morganton, Morganton , 13 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Forest City, Forest City , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near First Broad:
South Mountains State Park - Family, Casar, 9 miles away
South Mountains State Park - Family, Casar, 10 miles away
Vein Mountain Gold Camp, Marion, 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near First Broad:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 57 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 9 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 17 miles away
Kings Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near First Broad:
Silver Creek Plantation, Morganton , 11 miles away
Mimosa Hills Golf & Country, Morganton , 13 miles away
Pine Mountain Golf Course, Morganton , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near First Broad
Lake James, Burke , 15 miles away
Houser Lake, Cleveland , 16 miles away

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