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North Carolina whitewater, Whitewater River

Jackson Transylvania county, Bullpen Road to Highway 281 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     4 miles
  The Bullpen Road to Highway 281 stretch of Whitewater River is 4 miles long and is a class IV-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Jackson/Transylvania County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that
    a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. When you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There's camping available near Whitewater River.
The starting location is a short drive from Seneca, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. You might  
be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip.

Briefly about the general area:
If you fancy a little side tour, try Happy Hollow; don't leave Whitewater River without first paying a visit to Upper Falls. Whohoo, so much entertaining stuff in one place! The Blue Ridge Mountains is great! Whitewater River is right by the Foothills Trail, and a journey here wouldn’t be complete without a tour to nearby Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests.

Whitewater River, Bullpen Road to Highway 281 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 Whitewater River.
 Whitewater Near Whitewater River:
Whitewater River, Jackson/Transylvania County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Bullpen Road to Highway 281)
Whitewater, Oconee County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 3 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.9 miles long (Highway 107 to Walhalla Fish Hatchery)
Thompson River, Transylvania County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.2 miles long (North Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2.46 miles long (Walhalla Fish Hatchery to Chattooga)
Chattooga River, Jackson County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (North Carolina 1107 to Bull Pen Bridge)
Horsepasture River, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.2 miles long (US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Chattooga River, Rabun/Oconee County, 6 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Bull Pen Bridge to Burrells Ford Bridge)
Chattooga River, Jackson/Macon County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Bullpen Bridge to Burrell's Ford)
Chattooga River, Oconee SC/ Rabun GA County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 11.3 miles long (Burrell's Ford to Highway 28 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Whitewater River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 19 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 22 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 51 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Whitewater River:
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 4 miles away
Innisfree Bed And Breakfast By, Cashiers , 5 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 9 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 11 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Whitewater River:
Sloan Bridge Campground, Oconee County, 3 miles away
Burrel Place Campground, Oconee County, 5 miles away
King Creek, Cashiers, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Whitewater River:
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 2 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 2 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 6 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 7 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Whitewater River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 46 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 49 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 7 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 11 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Whitewater River:
Headwaters Golf Club, Cashiers , 3 miles away
Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers , 3 miles away
Red Bird Golf Links, Sapphire , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Whitewater River
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 9 miles away
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 10 miles away
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 10 miles away

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