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North Carolina whitewater, Linville River

Burke county, Linville Falls to Lake James section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     16.4 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The scenic beauty of Burke County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. If you're coming from Boone it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The
    Linville Falls to Lake James section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There's camping available near Linville River. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. The
nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camp stove too. The  
Linville Falls to Lake James section of Linville River in Burke County is 16.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V+ section.

Briefly about the general area:
Lake James State Park is both great and gorgeous, and it's in the vicinity of Linville River, and going for a hike on the Yancey Ridge Trail is always a delightful adventure. Yeah, come up here to the Blue Ridge Mountains for a delightful time. You'll meet a lot of folks from Pineola here, and there is a nice hiking trail nearby called the Bald Mountain Trail. This river is always fun.

Linville River, Linville Falls to Lake James 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 Linville River.
 Whitewater Near Linville River:
Catawba River - North Fork, Burke County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.5 miles long (Linville)
Linville River, Burke County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16.4 miles long (Linville Falls to Lake James)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
Catawba River - North Fork, McDowell County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (Route 1559 to Route 1552 Bridge)
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
North Toe River, Avery County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E)
 Ski Areas Near Linville River:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 15 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 16 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 84 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Linville River:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Linville River:
Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn Marion, Marion , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Marion, Marion , 14 miles away
Super 8 Marion NC, Marion , 14 miles away
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Linville River:
Bear Den Campground, McDowell County, 5 miles away
Linville Falls Trailer Lodge, Linville Falls, 5 miles away
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Linville Falls, Linville Falls, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Linville River:
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 10 miles away
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 13 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Linville River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 48 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 8 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 22 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Linville River:
Grassy Creek Golf Course, Spruce Pine , 10 miles away
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 11 miles away
Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club, Spruce Pine , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Linville River
Lake James, Burke , 9 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 16 miles away

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