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North Carolina whitewater, Snowbird Creek

Graham county, Junction to First Bridge Downstream section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     12 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside North Carolina you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Knoxville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of North Carolina and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far.
    A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. If you're
a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The Junction to First Bridge Downstream section of Snowbird Creek in North Carolina is 12 miles long and is a class III-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you hurry you can run  
this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Snowbird Creek; Sugar Cove Trail is a great local trail. Snowbird Creek is a spot with many visitors from Robbinsville; there's pleasant hiking along the South Fork Citico Trail. This river is so perfect. A perfect spot close to Snowbird Creek is Axe Gap. Snowbird Creek is a wet site that gets much rainfall.

Snowbird Creek, Junction to First Bridge Downstream 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, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 12 miles long (Junction to First Bridge Downstream)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Forest Service road 81 to Santeetlah Lake)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (Gate to FS Road 81 Bridge)
Snowbird Creek, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 8 miles long (Hooper Bald to Junction)
Cheoah River, Graham County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7.1 miles long (Grocery Store to Calderwood Lake Boat Launch)
Santeetlah River, Graham County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (FR 81c Bridge to Forest Service Gate)
Yellow Creek, Graham County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.1 miles long (SR 1242 to US 129)
Slickrock Creek, Graham/ County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V - 6.5 miles long (Big Fat Gap to Lake Cheoh)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
North River, Monroe County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (North River Campground to Tellico River)
 Ski Areas Near Snowbird Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 34 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 42 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 44 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Snowbird Creek:
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 6 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 7 miles away
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 15 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 16 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Snowbird Creek:
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 7 miles away
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 12 miles away
Best Western Of Murphy, Murphy , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Snowbird Creek:
Rattler Ford Campground, Graham County, 4 miles away
Horse Cove Campground, Graham County, 5 miles away
Cheoah Point Campground, Graham County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Snowbird Creek:
South Fork Citico Trail, Monroe , 10 miles away
Sugar Cove Trail, Monroe , 11 miles away
Jeffrey Trail, Monroe , 11 miles away
Big Stack Gap Branch Trail, Monroe , 11 miles away
Brush Mountain Trail, Monroe , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Snowbird Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 37 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 65 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 27 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 29 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Snowbird Creek:
Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville , 17 miles away
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 18 miles away
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Snowbird Creek
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 6 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 12 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 17 miles away

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