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North Carolina whitewater, Toxaway River - Upper

Transylvania county, Above Lake Toxaway section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2 miles
  This stretch of Toxaway River - Upper in Transylvania County is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of North Carolina and the water flowing gracefully down Toxaway River - Upper are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you're coming from Brevard it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the
    page. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,
either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. This section is quite short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The Above  
Lake Toxaway section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. There are some good hotels near the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
A short tour to Dismal Falls is always worthwhile; Toxaway River - Upper is in close proximity to Cold Mountain Gap which is beyond doubt worth checking out. All year is a glorious time in the Blue Ridge Mountains if you like the outdoors. If you're stopping by Toxaway River - Upper from Lake Toxaway, you won't be the only one; do take a hike on the Foothills Trail.

Toxaway River - Upper, Above Lake Toxaway 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 Toxaway River - Upper.
 Whitewater Near Toxaway River - Upper:
Toxaway River - Upper, Transylvania County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Lake Toxaway)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir)
Toxaway River, Transylvania County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.69 miles long (Highway 64 to Lake Jocassee)
Horsepasture River, Transylvania County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.2 miles long (US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Tuckasegee River - East Fork, Jackson County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.5 miles long (Bonas Defeat Gorge)
Thompson River, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.2 miles long (North Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
Whitewater, Oconee County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee)
Toxaway Creek, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 3.6 miles long (Frozen Creek Road Bridge to Lake Jocassee)
French Broad River - North Fork, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 7.2 miles long (Route 1326 Bridge to US Route 64 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Toxaway River - Upper:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 29 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 51 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 95 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Hotels Near Toxaway River - Upper:
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 6 miles away
Innisfree Bed And Breakfast By, Cashiers , 9 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 12 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 16 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Toxaway River - Upper:
Pounding Branch Campground, Lake Toxaway, 2 miles away
Panther Ridge RV Park and Community, Lake Toxaway, 2 miles away
Riverbend RV Park, Lake Toxaway, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Toxaway River - Upper:
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
Art Loeb Trail, Transylvania , 10 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 12 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Toxaway River - Upper:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 38 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 49 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 10 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 14 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Toxaway River - Upper:
Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 2 miles away
Lake Toxaway Company Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 2 miles away
Burlingame Country Club, Sapphire , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Toxaway River - Upper
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 3 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 4 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 9 miles away

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