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North Carolina whitewater, Pigeon River

Haywood county, Harmon Den to Big Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     7.2 miles
  This stretch of Pigeon River is 7.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V section of whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The wonderful Haywood County scenery and the beautiful way the water
    current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day paddling trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either
way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. 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. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. The Great Smoky Mountains scenery is wonderful. The starting location is a short drive from Newport, please print out a copy  
of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Pigeon River you'll in all probability meet some people from Hartford, and nearby you find the Big Branch Trail which is a perfect hiking trail. So many cool things in the Great Smoky Mountains, just impressive. A perfect site to stop by in close proximity to Pigeon River is Messer Gap, and going for a hike on the Asbury Trail is always a good adventure. This river is a wonderful place to visit.

Pigeon River, Harmon Den to Big Creek 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, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.2 miles long (Harmon Den to Big Creek)
Big Creek, Haywood County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 4 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cataloochee Creek, Haywood County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (Catalooche Campground to Waterville Lake)
Cold Springs Creek, Haywood County, 6 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (to Harmen Den)
Hurricane Creek, Haywood County, 6 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.3 miles long (SR 1336 to Pigeon River)
Big Creek, Haywood County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 5.4 miles long (Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoor Adventures, Cocke County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Pigeon River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 35 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 44 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 47 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 100 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Pigeon River:
The Swag, Waynesville , 9 miles away
Scottish Inns Maggie Valley, Maggie Valley , 12 miles away
Parkway Inn, Waynesville , 12 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Maggie Valley - Cherokee Area, Maggie Valley , 12 miles away
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn, Maggie Valley , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pigeon River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Big Creek, Hartford, 4 miles away
Groundhog Creek Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 4 miles away
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Pigeon River:
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 3 miles away
Asbury Trail, Haywood , 3 miles away
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Palmer Creek Trail, Haywood , 7 miles away
Caldwell Fork Trail, Haywood , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pigeon River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 31 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 35 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 33 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 38 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pigeon River:
Iron Tree Golf Course, Clyde , 11 miles away
Lake Junaluska Golf Course, Waynesville , 13 miles away
Junaluska Driving Range, Waynesville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Pigeon River
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 2 miles away

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