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North Carolina whitewater, Wilson Creek

Caldwell county, Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II(III)     4 miles
  The Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River section of Wilson Creek in North Carolina is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II(III) section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of North Carolina and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in North Carolina are often more forgiving than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers
    in this state are suitable for beginners. The campgrounds here at Wilson Creek are pretty good. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A bit
of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The put-in location is a short drive from Boone, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a  
great experience. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Wilson Creek you will meet lots of folks from nearby Collettsville. Going to Lake James State Park in the neighborhood of Wilson Creek is a glorious thing to do, and there are good places to look at along the Yancey Ridge Trail. This river is a great place to visit. Go for a hike on the Daniel Boone Scout Trail. For the period of the summer, highs mostly are in the 70's at Wilson Creek, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's.

Wilson Creek, Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River 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 Wilson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Wilson Creek:
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 4 miles long (Below Brown Mountain Beach to Johns River)
Johns River, Burke/Caldwell County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.5 miles long (Route 1328 to Route 1438)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.9 miles long (National Forest sign to parking area above Brown MtNorth Beach)
Wilson Creek, Caldwell County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign)
Catawba River - Henry Fork, Burke County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Rich Mtn Road to Warlick Chapel Road)
Steels Creek, Burke County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (to Confluence with Upper Creek)
Gragg Prong River, Avery County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.6 miles long (Roseboro to Lost Cove Creek)
Wilson Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Upper Wilson)
Catawba River, McDowell/Burke County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 1223 Bridge Route 1147 Bridge)
North Harper Creek, Avery/Caldwell County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 9 miles long (Wilson Creek Tributary)
 Ski Areas Near Wilson Creek:
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 16 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 16 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 17 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 20 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Wilson Creek:
Mimosa Boat Landing, Morganton , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Wilson Creek:
Days Inn & Suites Morganton, Morganton , 9 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Morganton , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Morganton, Morganton , 10 miles away
Sleep Inn Morganton, Morganton , 11 miles away
Green Park Inn Historic Hotels Of America, Blowing Rock , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wilson Creek:
Brown Mt CUA Dispersed, Jonas Ridge, 1 miles away
Playmore Beach Campground, Lenoir, 1 miles away
Optimistic RV Resort, Morganton, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Wilson Creek:
Yancey Ridge Trail, Avery , 9 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wilson Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 59 miles away
Lake James State Park, North Carolina , 15 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 17 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wilson Creek:
Country Acres Golf Course, Lenoir , 7 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf club Room, Morganton , 8 miles away
Quaker Meadows Golf Club, Morganton , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Wilson Creek
Lake James, Burke , 11 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 18 miles away

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