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North Carolina whitewater, Nantahala River

Macon Clay county, Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II+(III)     12.74 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Macon/Clay County and the water flowing gracefully down Nantahala River have people coming here. The Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake stretch of Nantahala River in Macon/Clay County is 12.74 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II+(III) section by American Whitewater. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake stretch is just one of many. 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. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there
are lots of good rivers for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.  
A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. The put-in is not too far from Cornelia, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
Nantahala River is a spot with many visitors from Topton. Nantahala River is near Nantahala National Forest which is a pretty place, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Thorn Mountain Trail. At this river you will always have a good time. A journey to Big Oak Gap is always fun; Nantahala River is right by the Rufus Morgan Trail. For the period of the summertime months at Nantahala River temperatures are commonly in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 60's.

Nantahala River, Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake 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, 4 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 12.74 miles long (Highway 64 to Nantahala Lake)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Kimsey Creek to US 64)
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
Tallulah River, Towns/Rabun County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (GA/North Carolina State Line to Tate Branch Campground)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 3.2 miles long (Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting, Cherokee County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Appalachian Rivers Raft, Cherokee County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 10 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8 miles long (Power Plant to Wesser)
Tallulah River, Rabun County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Tate Branch Campground to Coleman River)
 Ski Areas Near Nantahala River:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 19 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 21 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 33 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Nantahala River:
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 12 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 16 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 17 miles away
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 17 miles away
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Nantahala River:
Nantahala Cabins, Bryson City , 12 miles away
Lake Chatuge Lodge, Hiawassee , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HIAWASSEE, Hiawassee , 15 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Franklin, Franklin , 15 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nantahala River:
Wine Springs, Topton, 2 miles away
Siler Bald Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Topton, 2 miles away
Wayah Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Topton, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Nantahala River:
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 0 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 4 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 5 miles away
Hurricane Creek Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nantahala River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 33 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 8 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 16 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nantahala River:
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 10 miles away
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 10 miles away
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Nantahala River
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 5 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 14 miles away
Lake Burton, Rabun , 19 miles away

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