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North Carolina whitewater, Watauga River

Watauga county, SR 1557 to North Carolina 105 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     2 miles
  The SR 1557 to North Carolina 105 section of Watauga River in North Carolina is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Boone, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average North Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that
    rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The nature scenery of Watauga County and the sparkling of the sunlight
on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. The SR 1557 to North Carolina 105 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the  
great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
On a splendid day at Watauga River you can take a hike along the Daniel Boone Scout Trail, and close by Young Hollow is a good spot to go. There is a delightful hiking trail next to Watauga River called the Yancey Ridge Trail, and a day on the slopes of Appalachian Mountain is just what you need. This is such a great river. If you're dropping by Watauga River from Boone, you won't be the only one. For the period of the warm days of summer, highs mostly are in the 70's at Watauga River, and the overnight is a little colder of course, typically in the 50's.

Watauga River, SR 1557 to North Carolina 105 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 Watauga River.
 Whitewater Near Watauga River:
Watauga River, Watauga County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (North Carolina Route 105 Bridge to US Route 321 Bridge)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2 miles long (SR 1557 to North Carolina 105)
Boone Fork, Watauga County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 4.5 miles long (Julian Price Park to Watauga)
Whitewater Outfitter - River & Earth Adventures, Watauga County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Watauga County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Thunderhole Creek, Caldwell County, 6 miles away
      Class III+ - 3.5 miles long (Globe Road to Upton)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wahoo's Whitewater Rafting, Watauga County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Watauga River, Watauga County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (US Route 321 Bridge to Route 1200)
Whitewater Outfitter - High Mountain Expeditions, Avery County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 8 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
 Ski Areas Near Watauga River:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 6 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 6 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 9 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 90 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 99 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Watauga River:
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 16 miles away
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Watauga River:
Highland Hills Cabins, Boone , 3 miles away
Super 8 Boone NC, Boone , 4 miles away
Comfort Suites Boone, Boone , 5 miles away
InnPlace Hotel Boone, Boone , 5 miles away
Heavenly Mountain Bed And Breakfast And Health Spa, Boone , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Watauga River:
Flintlock Campground, Boone, 2 miles away
Honey Bear Campground, Boone, 3 miles away
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Julian Price, Blowing Rock, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Watauga River:
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 6 miles away
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Watauga River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 65 miles away
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 24 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 24 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Watauga River:
Willow Creek Golf Club, Vilas , 1 miles away
Propulsion Golf, Boone , 3 miles away
Hawksnest Ski Resort, Seven Devils , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Watauga River
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 10 miles away
Fleetwood Falls Lake, Ashe , 15 miles away
Trout Lake, Watauga , 16 miles away

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