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North Carolina whitewater, Slickrock Creek

Graham county, Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     6.5 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting point is not too far from Knoxville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful North Carolina scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.
    The campgrounds here at Slickrock Creek are pretty good. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the
Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh stretch is one of them. This stretch of Slickrock Creek in North Carolina is 6.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V section of whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Great Smoky Mountains scenery is wonderful. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,  
doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a tremendous hiking trail near Slickrock Creek called the Stiffknee Trail, and Lower Falls is always fun to check out. If you adore the outdoors you'll adore it here in the Great Smoky Mountains. On a good day at Slickrock Creek you can take a hike along the Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, and there are plenty of people from Tallassee here. This river has so much to offer. A short trip to Lower Falls is always worthwhile; you could always discover Big Fat Gap.

Slickrock Creek, Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh 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 Slickrock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Slickrock Creek:
Slickrock Creek, Graham/ County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 5 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Doublecamp Creek, Monroe County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 3.17 miles long (to Citico Creek)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Yellow Creek, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (SR 1242 to US 129)
Citico Creek, Cherokee County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Indian Boundary to Below Pigs in Space)
Cheoah River, Graham County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.1 miles long (Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 8 miles long (Hooper Bald to Junction)
 Ski Areas Near Slickrock Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 32 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 50 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Slickrock Creek:
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 9 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 17 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 19 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Slickrock Creek:
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 13 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 16 miles away
Highland Manor Inn And Conference Center, Townsend , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Slickrock Creek:
Bear Creek Hunt Camp, Robbinsville, 2 miles away
Horse Cove Campground, Graham County, 5 miles away
Rattler Ford Campground, Graham County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Slickrock Creek:
Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Stiffknee Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
Fodderstack Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
Crowder Branch Trail, Monroe , 5 miles away
Mill Branch Trail, Monroe , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Slickrock Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 36 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 57 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 19 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 37 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Slickrock Creek:
Golf Club, Maryville , 16 miles away
Royal Oaks Golf Course, Maryville , 17 miles away
Laurel Valley Golf Course, Maryville , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Slickrock Creek
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 7 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 12 miles away

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