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North Carolina whitewater, Tuckasegee River

Jackson county, Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     4.5 miles
  The Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir section of Tuckasegee River in North Carolina is 4.5 miles long and is a class III-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The starting location is a short drive from Brevard, as you can see
    on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this
river. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. The wonderful Jackson County scenery and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. There are  
plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Schoolhouse Falls is an inspiring place to explore while you're here. Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests is a tremendous place to stretch your legs a bit, and Cold Mountain Gap is another tremendous spot to explore close by. This river is always fun. You'll meet a lot of people from Sapphire here; hiking along the Foothills Trail is perfect fun. What would a site like Tuckasegee River be without out of the ordinary nearby highlights like Devils Elbow.

Tuckasegee River, Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir 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 Tuckasegee River.
 Whitewater Near Tuckasegee River:
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 4.5 miles long (Above Tanasee Creek Reservoir)
Toxaway River - Upper, Transylvania County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Lake Toxaway)
Tuckasegee River - East Fork, Jackson County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.5 miles long (Bonas Defeat Gorge)
Horsepasture River, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.2 miles long (US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Toxaway River, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.69 miles long (Highway 64 to Lake Jocassee)
Thompson River, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.2 miles long (North Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Whitewater, Oconee County, 8 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee)
Whitewater River, Jackson/Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Bullpen Road to Highway 281)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
Courthouse Creek, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Trailhead to National Forest French Broad)
 Ski Areas Near Tuckasegee River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 22 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 27 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 49 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 Tuckasegee River:
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 5 miles away
Innisfree Bed And Breakfast By, Cashiers , 8 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 10 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 15 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuckasegee River:
Wolf Creek Overlook, Tuckasegee, 2 miles away
Pounding Branch Campground, Lake Toxaway, 4 miles away
Westridge, Lake Toxaway, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Tuckasegee River:
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 11 miles away
Art Loeb Trail, Transylvania , 11 miles away
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tuckasegee River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 38 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 46 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 12 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 16 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuckasegee River:
Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 4 miles away
Burlingame Country Club, Sapphire , 4 miles away
Lake Toxaway Company Country Club, Lake Toxaway , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuckasegee River
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 2 miles away
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 6 miles away
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 6 miles away

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