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North Carolina whitewater, Pigeon River

Haywood county, Confluence of East-West Fork to New Hepco Bidge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     26.7 miles
  If you're coming from Asheville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything. This stretch of Pigeon River in North Carolina is 26.7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time
    in nature will have you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The wild scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains is great. The Confluence of East-West Fork to New Hepco
Bidge stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. There are nice comfortable hotels here, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking  
river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
The Caldwell Fork Trail is a good hiking trail right next door to Pigeon River; the good people of Clyde like to hang out nearby. Life's too short to enjoy all the cool stuff in the Great Smoky Mountains. Cataloochee is a fine local ski area, and Terrell Cove is a delightful site to pop by. This is a really good river. If the weather is good here at Pigeon River, you can go for a hike along the Asbury Trail.

Pigeon River, Confluence of East-West Fork to New Hepco Bidge 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 Pigeon River.
 Whitewater Near Pigeon River:
Pigeon River, Haywood County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 26.7 miles long (Confluence of East-West Fork to New Hepco Bidge)
Pigeon River - West Fork, Haywood County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Route 215/1129 Junction to confluence with East Fork)
Pigeon River, Haywood County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Harmon Den to Big Creek)
Hurricane Creek, Haywood County, 9 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.3 miles long (SR 1336 to Pigeon River)
Cataloochee Creek, Haywood County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (Catalooche Campground to Waterville Lake)
Cold Springs Creek, Haywood County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (to Harmen Den)
Pigeon River - West Fork, Haywood County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Along Highway 215)
Pigeon River - East Fork, Haywood County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.7 miles long (Route 1887 Bridge to North Carolina Route 110 Bridge)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, Haywood County, 14 miles away
      Class III-V - 2.7 miles long (3800 foot countour line to US Route 276 Bridge)
Pigeon River - Big East Fork, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 276)
 Ski Areas Near Pigeon River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 11 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 37 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 44 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 44 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 83 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 94 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Pigeon River:
Econo Lodge Waynesville, Waynesville , 6 miles away
Parkway Inn, Waynesville , 6 miles away
Quality Inn West Of Asheville, Canton , 6 miles away
Grandview Lodge, Waynesville , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Canton, Canton , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pigeon River:
Creekwood Farm RV Park, Waynesville, 5 miles away
Pride Resorts Of America, Waynesville, 5 miles away
Riverhouse Acres, Canton, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Pigeon River:
Asbury Trail, Haywood , 11 miles away
Caldwell Fork Trail, Haywood , 12 miles away
Palmer Creek Trail, Haywood , 13 miles away
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 14 miles away
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pigeon River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 26 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 40 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 22 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 34 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pigeon River:
Iron Tree Golf Course, Clyde , 1 miles away
Junaluska Driving Range, Waynesville , 3 miles away
Lake Junaluska Golf Course, Waynesville , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Pigeon River
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 11 miles away
Enka Lake, Buncombe , 19 miles away

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