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North Carolina whitewater, Nantahala River

Macon county, FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     0.7 miles
  If you're coming from Sevierville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This section of Nantahala River in Macon County is 0.7 miles long and has been
    determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. 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. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This section is very short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great experience. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. There  
are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
A visit to Nantahala National Forest when you're here at Nantahala River is never a bad idea, and going for a hike on the CHoga Trail is always a great adventure. So much fun stuff to do in the Great Smoky Mountains, not enough time. Here at Nantahala River you'll probably meet some folks from Topton, and nearby you hit upon the Wesser Creek Trail which is a delightful hiking trail.

Nantahala River, FS Road 327 to 1310 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 Nantahala River.
 Whitewater Near Nantahala River:
Nantahala River, Macon County, 0 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 3.2 miles long (Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19)
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 2 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8 miles long (Power Plant to Wesser)
Whitewater Outfitter - Appalachian Rivers Raft, Cherokee County, 3 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting, Cherokee County, 3 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Paddle INN Rafting, Swain County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Adventurous Fast River Rafting-Nantahala, Swain County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Endless River Adventures, Swain County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters, Swain County, 7 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Nantahala River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 26 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 26 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 27 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Nantahala River:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 11 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 15 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 15 miles away
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Nantahala River:
Nantahala Cabins, Bryson City , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 11 miles away
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 12 miles away
Riverbend Lodging, Bryson City , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nantahala River:
Nelson's Nantahala Hideaway, Topton, 1 miles away
Appletree Campground, Macon County, 1 miles away
Brookside Campground and Rafting, Topton, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Nantahala River:
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 6 miles away
CHoga Trail, Cherokee , 7 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nantahala River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 28 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 13 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 23 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nantahala River:
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 13 miles away
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 13 miles away
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Nantahala River
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 3 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 15 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 16 miles away

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