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North Carolina whitewater, Steels Creek

Burke county, to Confluence with Upper Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6.6 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Boone, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Steels Creek is 6.6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Burke County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because
    these hotels fill up quick. There's camping available near Steels Creek. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often more forgiving
than in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the to Confluence with Upper Creek section is one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature  
will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby Sugar Mountain. Have a pleasant hiking adventure along the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. Lake James State Park is a tremendous place to stretch your legs a bit, and if you're popping by from Collettsville, you won't be the only one. This is such a wonderful river. Take a hike on the Yancey Ridge Trail. Steels Creek gets a great deal of water. The month with most of the rain is May, and the driest of the months is December. Throughout the warm months at Steels Creek temperatures are regularly in the 70's.

Steels Creek, to Confluence with Upper 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 Steels Creek.
 Whitewater Near Steels Creek:
Steels Creek, Burke County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Upper Creek, Burke County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 17 miles long (Raven Cliff Gorge to FR 982)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Lost Cove Creek, Avery County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 8 miles long (Main)
Linville River, Burke County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 16.4 miles long (Linville Falls to Lake James)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Steels Creek:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 14 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 19 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Steels Creek:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Steels Creek:
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 13 miles away
Springmaid Mountain, Spruce Pine , 13 miles away
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Morganton, Morganton , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Steels Creek:
Daniel Boone Family Campground, Morganton, 1 miles away
Optimistic RV Resort, Morganton, 3 miles away
Rose Creek Family Campground, Morganton, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Steels Creek:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 8 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 12 miles away
Bald Mountain Trail, McDowell , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Steels Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 54 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 11 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 21 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Steels Creek:
Mountain Glen Golf Club, Newland , 11 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf club Room, Morganton , 11 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf Club, Morganton , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Steels Creek
Lake James, Burke , 8 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 15 miles away

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