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North Carolina whitewater, Tar River

Granville Franklin Vance county, North Carolina Route 96 to Route 1203 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     6.3 miles
  The North Carolina Route 96 to Route 1203 section of Tar River is 6.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. The starting location is a short drive from Henderson, as you can see on the road map further down. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state
    are quite easy. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. No matter if you're whitewater
rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The natural beauty of Granville/Franklin/Vance County  
and the cool fresh water have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of folks from Kittrell come to Tar River, and a visit to Falls Lake State Park revitalizes the spirit. Tar River is a wet site that gets a large amount of rainfall. All through the month of July you get the most rain around here, and the driest month is April. All through the months of summer, highs typically are in the 80's at Tar River; the overnight is somewhat colder of course, regularly in the 60's. Through the wintertime highs are mostly in the 40's; overnight lows in the 20's for Tar River.

Tar River, North Carolina Route 96 to Route 1203 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 Tar River.
 Whitewater Near Tar River:
Tar River, Granville/Franklin/Vance County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.3 miles long (North Carolina Route 96 to Route 1203)
Little Fishing Creek, Granville County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (North Carolina Route 96 Bridge to Route 1622)
Neuse River, Wake County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 0.25 miles long (Falls Dam)
Neuse River, Wake County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.7 miles long (Route 2000 Bridge to US 401)
Flat River, Person/Durham County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Route 161 to Lake Michie)
Flat River, Person/Durham County, 28 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (US Route 501 to Route 1614)
Little River, Durham County, 28 miles away
      Class I-IV - 1.5 miles long (Johnson U. to US Route 501)
 Marinas Near Tar River:
Satterwhite Point Marina, Henderson , 16 miles away
Rollingview Marina, Durham , 16 miles away
Steele Creek Marina, Townsville , 19 miles away
Steele Creek Marina & Campground, Henderson , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Tar River:
Kings Inn Motel Oxford, Oxford , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Oxford, Oxford , 7 miles away
Sleep Inn Henderson, Henderson , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Henderson I-85, Henderson , 11 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Henderson Oxford, Henderson , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tar River:
Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Holly Point, Raleigh, 13 miles away
Falls Lake State Recreation Area - B W Wells Group, Raleigh, 13 miles away
Falls Lake State Recreation Area - Shinleaf, Raleigh, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tar River:
Falls Lake State Park, North Carolina , 11 miles away
Kerr Lake State Park, North Carolina , 18 miles away
William B. Umstead State Park, North Carolina , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tar River:
Olde Liberty Golf Course, Youngsville , 6 miles away
Thorndale Country Club, Oxford , 9 miles away
Henderson Country Club, Henderson , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Tar River
Falls Lake, Wake , 14 miles away

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