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Tennessee whitewater, Elk River

Carter and Avery county, Big Falls to Poga Rd section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     5 miles
  This section of Elk River in Tennessee is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. The Big Falls to Poga Rd section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Lodging is available near the river, and if you make reservations
    in advance you're all set. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. On this section you do get some distance,
suitable for an afternoon trip. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Boone, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Elk Park here at Elk River. A tour to Elk River wouldn’t be complete without a spree to nearby Roan Mountain State Park. Don't leave
Elk River without first going for a hike along the Laurel Fork Trail, and a nice location to visit is Cannon Gap. This river is so great. There are magnificent locations to look at along the Little Pond Mountain Trail, and the snow is good at Ski Beech. Elk River gets a typical amount of yearly precipitation. The wettest month of the year is usually July, that's the one that rains the most, and October meanwhile is the driest month. Summertime highs at Elk River regularly tend to be in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 60's. Highs through the wintertime are regularly in the 40's, and winter nights come with lows in the 20's to Elk River.

Elk River, Big Falls to Poga Rd 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 Elk River.
 Whitewater Near Elk River:
Elk River, Avery (NC)/Carter (TN) County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee)
Elk River, Carter and Avery County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Big Falls to Poga Rd)
Elk River, Avery County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8.4 miles long (Route 1326 to Route 1305)
Elk River, Carter County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills)
Watauga, Watauga / Johnson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
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, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Doe River, Carter County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.6 miles long (Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road)
North Toe River, Avery County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E)
 Ski Areas Near Elk River:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 4 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 8 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 9 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 19 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 95 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Elk River:
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 5 miles away
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 9 miles away
Lakeshore Marina, Hampton , 13 miles away
Fish Springs Marina, Hampton , 17 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Elk River:
Jackalope's Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk , 4 miles away
Banner Haven Bed And Breakfast, Banner Elk , 6 miles away
Best Western Mountain Lodge At Banner Elk, Banner Elk , 7 miles away
Blue Ridge Village, Banner Elk , 8 miles away
Highland Hills Cabins, Boone , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk River:
Mountaineer Falls Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Elk Park, 4 miles away
Apple House Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Elk Park, 6 miles away
Grandfather Campground and Cabins, Banner Elk, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Elk River:
Little Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 9 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 9 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 10 miles away
Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 11 miles away
Daniel Boone Scout Trail, Caldwell , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 55 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 11 miles away
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk River:
Wilderness Trail, Banner Elk , 6 miles away
Diamond Creek, Banner Elk , 7 miles away
Sugar Mountain Golf Club, Sugar Mountain , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk River
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 6 miles away
Watauga Lake, Carter , 14 miles away
South Holston Lake, Sullivan , 20 miles away

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