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North Carolina whitewater, Snowbird Creek

Graham county, Hooper Bald to Junction section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     8 miles
  The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch of Snowbird Creek is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV+ section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of North Carolina and the water flowing gracefully down Snowbird Creek will make you feel great.
    Whitewater paddling here in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great experience. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. The Hooper Bald to Junction
section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The put-in location is a short drive from Knoxville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. 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. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
At Snowbird Creek you always meet someone from Robbinsville, and you can go for a hike on the Sugar Cove Trail. This place, the Great Smoky Mountains, has so much outdoors entertaining things. A trip to Snowbird Creek wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Middle Falls. Good hiking is available along the South Fork Citico Trail, and if you're here why not check out Deep Gap. The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Big Falls.

Snowbird Creek, Hooper Bald to Junction 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 Snowbird Creek.
 Whitewater Near Snowbird Creek:
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 8 miles long (Hooper Bald to Junction)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 4 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
Slickrock Creek, Graham/ County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh)
North River, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (North River Campground to Tellico River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River)
Cheoah River, Graham County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.1 miles long (Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch)
 Ski Areas Near Snowbird Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 38 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 46 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Snowbird Creek:
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 10 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 12 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 13 miles away
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Snowbird Creek:
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 10 miles away
Best Western Of Murphy, Murphy , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 11 miles away
Days Inn Murphy, Murphy , 11 miles away
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Snowbird Creek:
Rattler Ford Campground, Graham County, 6 miles away
Horse Cove Campground, Graham County, 6 miles away
State Line Group, Murphy, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Snowbird Creek:
Sugar Cove Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
South Fork Citico Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
Jeffrey Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
Big Indian Branch Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
Whigg Ridge Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Snowbird Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 40 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 62 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 24 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 29 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Snowbird Creek:
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 16 miles away
Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville , 19 miles away
Brasstown Valley Golf Club, Young Harris , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Snowbird Creek
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 9 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 16 miles away
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 16 miles away

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