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North Carolina whitewater, Nantahala River

Macon Swain county, Power Plant to Wesser section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(III)     8 miles
Be Aware! The Nanty is a bottom-release river - meaning that the water you're in has been sitting at the bottom of a lake for a while, totally unexposed to sunshine. The result: 50 degrees F, year-round. It may be 90 and sunny out, but it's a different story in the water - dress appropriately!

The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Sevierville, as you can see on the road map further down. The natural beauty of Macon/Swain
    County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that a large number of rivers
in this state are quite easy. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Power Plant to Wesser stretch is just one of them. The campgrounds here at Nantahala River are pretty good. The Power Plant to Wesser stretch of Nantahala River in North Carolina is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II+(III) section. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around  
here you'll find a large number of good rivers. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
Blowing Spring is always fun to check out, and delightful hiking is available along the Wesser Creek Trail. There's no way someone can get bored here in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Nantahala River, Power Plant to Wesser 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, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8 miles long (Power Plant to Wesser)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 3.2 miles long (Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19)
Whitewater Outfitter - Paddle INN Rafting, Swain County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventurous Fast River Rafting-Nantahala, Swain County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Endless River Adventures, Swain County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Appalachian Rivers Raft, Cherokee County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters, Swain County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting, Cherokee County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Nantahala River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 23 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 27 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Nantahala River:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 9 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 16 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Nantahala River:
Nantahala Cabins, Bryson City , 6 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 11 miles away
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 14 miles away
Riverbend Lodging, Bryson City , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nantahala River:
Camp Inn Campground, Bryson City, 2 miles away
Sassafras Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Almond, 3 miles away
Lost Mine Campground, Bryson City, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Nantahala River:
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 4 miles away
Tsali Horse Trail, Graham , 7 miles away
CHoga Trail, Cherokee , 9 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nantahala River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 25 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 14 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 26 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nantahala River:
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 14 miles away
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 16 miles away
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Nantahala River
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 6 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 14 miles away
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 17 miles away

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