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North Carolina whitewater, Tuckasegee River

Jackson county, Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     9.4 miles
  The natural beauty of Jackson County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. The Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee section of Tuckasegee River in Jackson County is 9.4 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II(III) section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all
    set. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling
rivers. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Brevard, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The campgrounds here at Tuckasegee River are pretty good. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that  
lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee section is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Tuckasegee River you can take a hike along the Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, and this is a popular site for folks from Cullowhee. Life's too short to enjoy all the entertaining stuff in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Going for a hike along the Shortoff Mountain Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this neighborhood. If you want a little side trip, try Flat Gap.

Tuckasegee River, Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee 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, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 9.4 miles long (Cedar Cliff Reservior to Cullowhee)
Tuckasegee River - West Fork, Jackson County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 9.5 miles long (Thorpe Dam to Tuckasegee River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rafting With MY Kids, Jackson County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Scotts Creek, Jackson County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2 miles long (Willets-Ochre Hill to Addie)
Tuckasegee River, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5 miles long (Dillsboro to Route 1392)
Whitewater Outfitter - Tuckaseegee Outfitters, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Norton Creek, Jackson County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 2.5 miles long (Above Thorpe Lake)
Whitewater Outfitter - Dillsboro River Company, Jackson County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Tuckasegee River - East Fork, Jackson County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.5 miles long (Bonas Defeat Gorge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Mountains Outdoor, Jackson County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Tuckasegee River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 16 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 19 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 23 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 37 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 58 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Tuckasegee River:
Comfort Inn Sylva, Sylva , 5 miles away
Quality Inn Sylva, Sylva , 6 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 8 miles away
Best Western Plus River Escape Inn & Suites, Dillsboro , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SYLVA - WESTERN CAROLINA AREA, Dillsboro , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tuckasegee River:
Singing waters Camping Resort, Tuckasegee, 4 miles away
Ralph J. Andrews County Park, Tuckasegee, 6 miles away
Arrowmont Stables and Cabins, Cullowhee, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Tuckasegee River:
Shortoff Mountain Trail, Macon , 10 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 12 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 16 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 17 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tuckasegee River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 34 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 44 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 22 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 24 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tuckasegee River:
High Hampton Inn & Country Club, Cashiers , 11 miles away
Landings, Cashiers , 11 miles away
Golf Scapes, Whittier , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Tuckasegee River
Bear Creek Lake, Jackson , 6 miles away
Wolf Creek Lake, Jackson , 11 miles away
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 13 miles away

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