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North Carolina whitewater, North Harper Creek

Avery Caldwell county, Wilson Creek Tributary section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V(V+)     9 miles
  This section of North Harper Creek in North Carolina is 9 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often more forgiving than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The beautiful scenery of Avery/Caldwell County and the cool fresh water beats anything. If you're a camper you can camp
    at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. This
section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. If you're coming from Boone it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Wilson Creek Tributary  
section is one of them. 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.

Briefly about the general area:
The best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of nearby Sugar Mountain. Hiking is a popular thing to do around North Harper Creek; Daniel Boone Scout Trail is a splendid local trail. At North Harper Creek you always meet someone from Pineola; there's perfect hiking along the Yancey Ridge Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea. North Harper Creek is a wet location that gets a great deal of rainfall.

North Harper Creek, Wilson Creek Tributary 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 North Harper Creek.
 Whitewater Near North Harper Creek:
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near North Harper Creek:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 9 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 12 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near North Harper Creek:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near North Harper Creek:
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 8 miles away
Best Western Mountain Lodge At Banner Elk, Banner Elk , 10 miles away
Banner Haven Bed And Breakfast, Banner Elk , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express BLOWING ROCK SOUTH, Blowing Rock , 12 miles away
Ridgeway Inn, Blowing Rock , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North Harper Creek:
Mortimer, Collettsville, 3 miles away
Daniel Boone Family Campground, Morganton, 6 miles away
Down By The River Campground, Newland, 7 miles away
 Trails Near North Harper Creek:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 3 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 7 miles away
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near North Harper Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 56 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 16 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 23 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North Harper Creek:
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 6 miles away
Sugar Mountain Golf Club, Sugar Mountain , 9 miles away
Hawksnest Ski Resort, Seven Devils , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near North Harper Creek
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 10 miles away
Lake James, Burke , 14 miles away

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