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North Carolina whitewater, Spring Creek

Madison county, Route 1171 to Hot Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     7 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Greeneville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This section of Spring Creek in Madison County is 7 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV(V) section. 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. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just
    being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This stretch has has enough
mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Route 1171 to Hot Springs section is  
one of them. The beautiful scenery of Madison County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
Stony Spur Cliff is a magnificent spot to go to while in the vicinity, and Spring Creek is right by the Chimney Rocks Trail. So many enjoyable things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains, not enough time. Near Spring Creek you locate pleasant places like Taylor Hollow Gap, and don't leave Spring Creek without first checking out Vann Cliff. This river is a great place to visit. There are plenty of people from Hot Springs here at Spring Creek; the Walnut Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best.

Spring Creek, Route 1171 to Hot Springs 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 Spring Creek.
 Whitewater Near Spring Creek:
Spring Creek, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 7 miles long (Route 1171 to Hot Springs)
Whitewater Outfitter - HUCK Finn Adventures, Madison County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
French Broad, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Hot Springs to Highway 107 at Del Rio)
French Broad River, Transylvania/ Henderson/ Buncombe/ Madison County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Barnard to Hot Springs)
Big Laurel Creek, Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Hurricane to Hot Springs)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guides, Madison County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Brush Creek, Madison County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to French Broad River)
Cold Springs Creek, Haywood County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (to Harmen Den)
Hurricane Creek, Haywood County, 11 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.3 miles long (SR 1336 to Pigeon River)
Walnut Creek, Madison County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 4 miles long (US 25/70 to Barnard)
 Ski Areas Near Spring Creek:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 50 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 61 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 84 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Spring Creek:
Knollwood, Marshall , 12 miles away
Quality Inn West Of Asheville, Canton , 17 miles away
General Morgan Inn, Greeneville , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Canton, Canton , 17 miles away
Days Inn Greeneville, Greeneville , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Spring Creek:
Rocky Bluff, Hot Springs, 0 miles away
Deer Park Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hot Springs, 1 miles away
Hot Springs Campground, Hot Springs, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Spring Creek:
Walnut Mountain Trail, Cocke , 6 miles away
Chimney Rocks Trail, Cocke , 7 miles away
Little Paint Creek Trail, Greene , 7 miles away
Paint Creek Trail, Greene , 7 miles away
Paint Mountain Trail, Cocke , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Spring Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 25 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 46 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 25 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Spring Creek:
River Trace Golf Club, Greeneville , 12 miles away
Kinser Park Golf Course, Greeneville , 13 miles away
Andrew Johnson Golf Club, Greeneville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Spring Creek
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 17 miles away
Kidwell Pond, Greene , 20 miles away

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