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North Carolina whitewater, Nantahala River

Macon county, Kimsey Creek to US 64 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II(III)     4 miles
  This section of Nantahala River in North Carolina is 4 miles long and it is classified as a class II(III) section by American Whitewater. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The beautiful scenery of North Carolina and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and
    paddle. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around
here. The Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is wonderful. The Kimsey Creek to US 64 stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Cornelia, as you can see on the road map further down. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Great exercise  
and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
The Rufus Morgan Trail is a good hiking trail close to Nantahala River, and a visit to Nantahala National Forest is a splendid idea. This place, the Blue Ridge Mountains, has so much outdoors amusing stuff. There is a wonderful hiking trail near Nantahala River called the Hurricane Creek Trail; great skiing awaits you at Sky Valley. This river has it all. Sugar Cove is in close proximity to Nantahala River and is undeniably a good spot to stop at.

Nantahala River, Kimsey Creek to US 64 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 Nantahala River.
 Whitewater Near Nantahala River:
Nantahala River, Macon/Clay County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 12.74 miles long (Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Kimsey Creek to US 64)
Tallulah River, Towns/Rabun County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (GA/North Carolina State Line to Tate Branch Campground)
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Tate Branch Campground to Coleman River)
Coleman River, Rabun County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (Coleman River Road to Tallulah River)
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
Cartoogechaye River, Macon County, 12 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2.75 miles long (Mount Hope Church to Louisa Chapel Road)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 3.2 miles long (Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Little Tennessee River, Macon/ Swain County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 23 miles long (North Carolina Route 28 to US Route 19)
 Ski Areas Near Nantahala River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 15 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 17 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 35 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Nantahala River:
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 13 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 14 miles away
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 16 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 18 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Nantahala River:
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Franklin, Franklin , 12 miles away
Mountain Valley Inn, Dillard , 13 miles away
Knights Inn Dillard, Dillard , 13 miles away
Rodeway Inn Franklin, Franklin , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn Franklin, Franklin , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nantahala River:
Kimsey Creek Group, Otto, 1 miles away
Standing Indian, Otto, 1 miles away
Rock Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Otto, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Nantahala River:
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 4 miles away
Hurricane Creek Trail, Macon , 4 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 5 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 6 miles away
Stewart Trail, Macon , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nantahala River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 35 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 5 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 13 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nantahala River:
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 8 miles away
Waterfall Country Club, Clayton , 12 miles away
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Nantahala River
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 10 miles away
Lake Burton, Rabun , 17 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 17 miles away

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