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North Carolina whitewater, Little River

Durham county, Johnson U. to US Route 501 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     1.5 miles
  This section of Little River in Durham County is 1.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Little River are in themselves reasons enough to come
    here to paddle. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting your paddling muscles activated
and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Durham, there's a road map further  
down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Little River you'll probably meet some people from Bahama, and Little River is next to Eno River State Park which is a beautiful spot. The high level of precipitation makes Little River a reasonably wet location. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain; the driest of the months is April. For the duration of the days of summer highs here at Little River get into the 80's; the nighttime is a bit cooler of course, regularly in the 60's. High temperatures during the winter are normally in the 40's, and after the sun is down during the winter temperatures at Little River drop into the 20's.

Little River, Johnson U. to US Route 501 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 Little River.
 Whitewater Near Little River:
Little River, Durham County, 2 miles away
      Class I-IV - 1.5 miles long (Johnson U. to US Route 501)
Flat River, Person/Durham County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Route 161 to Lake Michie)
Flat River, Person/Durham County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (US Route 501 to Route 1614)
Eno River, Orange/Durham County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.5 miles long (Route 1567 below Duke Dam to US Route 501)
Stone's Creek, Orange County, 8 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.08 miles long (Pleasant Green Dam to Eno River)
Eno River, Orange/Durham County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (Lawrence Road to Dam above Pleasant Green)
New Hope Creek, Orange County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Turkey Farm Road to Erwin Road)
Tar River, Granville/Franklin/Vance County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.3 miles long (North Carolina Route 96 to Route 1203)
Little Fishing Creek, Granville County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (North Carolina Route 96 Bridge to Route 1622)
Haw River, Chatham County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bynum to Highway 64)
 Ski Areas Near Little River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 98 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Little River:
Rollingview Marina, Durham , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Little River:
Courtyard Durham Near Duke University/Downtown, Durham , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express DURHAM, Durham , 7 miles away
Super 8 Durham/University Area NC, Durham , 7 miles away
Hilton Durham Near Duke University, Durham , 7 miles away
Days Inn Durham/Near Duke University, Durham , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River:
Holly Grove Campground, Durham County, 5 miles away
Birchwood RV Park, Durham, 10 miles away
Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Rolling View, Raleigh, 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River:
Eno River State Park, North Carolina , 7 miles away
Falls Lake State Park, North Carolina , 16 miles away
William B. Umstead State Park, North Carolina , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River:
Lake Winds Golf Course, Rougemont , 4 miles away
Treyburn Country Club, Durham , 5 miles away
Hillandale Golf Course, Durham , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Little River
University Lake, Orange , 18 miles away

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