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North Carolina whitewater, Whiteoak Creek

Macon county, Above Nantahala Cascades section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2 miles
  If you're coming from Sevierville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Above Nantahala Cascades stretch of Whiteoak Creek in North Carolina is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Macon County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.
    Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.
This stretch is short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside North Carolina you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The Above Nantahala Cascades stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. A good workout and spending some quality time  
in nature will make you glad you came. Whitewater paddling here in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
The Wesser Creek Trail offers hiking at its best, and the fine people of Topton like to hang out nearby. Now, you may assume that's a lot but there's even more amusing things to do here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Thorn Mountain Trail, and Poplar Cove is another great place to check out close by. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Don't leave Whiteoak Creek without visiting Nantahala National Forest.

Whiteoak Creek, Above Nantahala Cascades 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 Whiteoak Creek.
 Whitewater Near Whiteoak Creek:
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 3.2 miles long (Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19)
Nantahala River, Macon County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 4 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8 miles long (Power Plant to Wesser)
Whitewater Outfitter - Appalachian Rivers Raft, Cherokee County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting, Cherokee County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Paddle INN Rafting, Swain County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Adventurous Fast River Rafting-Nantahala, Swain County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Endless River Adventures, Swain County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters, Swain County, 6 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Whiteoak Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 24 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 26 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 27 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Whiteoak Creek:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 12 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 14 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 15 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 17 miles away
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Whiteoak Creek:
Nantahala Cabins, Bryson City , 8 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 12 miles away
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 13 miles away
Riverbend Lodging, Bryson City , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Whiteoak Creek:
Nelson's Nantahala Hideaway, Topton, 1 miles away
Appletree Campground, Macon County, 2 miles away
Brookside Campground and Rafting, Topton, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Whiteoak Creek:
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 5 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 7 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 7 miles away
CHoga Trail, Cherokee , 7 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Whiteoak Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 28 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 12 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 22 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Whiteoak Creek:
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 13 miles away
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 13 miles away
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Whiteoak Creek
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 3 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 16 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 17 miles away

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