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Tennessee whitewater, Nolichucky River

Unicoi Washington county, Big Rocks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II+(III)     0 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Johnson City, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The scenic beauty of Tennessee and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The Big Rocks stretch of Nolichucky River in Unicoi/ Washington County is 0 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II+(III) section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around
    here you'll find a large number of good spots. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a very short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes.
A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The Big Rocks section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
A glorious
location to check out close to Nolichucky River is Bayles First Shoals; during your trip here you'll meet some folks from Erwin for sure. You need to stop by Shinbone Rock since you're here at Nolichucky River, and great hiking is available along the California Trail. This river is so great. Don't leave Nolichucky River without visiting Davy Crockett Birthplace State, and a short trip to Yates Spring is always worthwhile. The Horseshoe is an attention-grabbing thing to catch a glimpse of while you're here at Nolichucky River. Cherokee National Forest is worth stopping at if you're at Nolichucky River, and everybody nearby loves skiing at Wolf Ridge.

Nolichucky River, Big Rocks road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Nolichucky River.
 Whitewater Near Nolichucky River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Cherokee Adventures, Unicoi County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 3 miles long (Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Unicoi County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guide, Unicoi County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Spivey Creek, Unicoi County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook)
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Poplar North to Nolichucky Gorge Campground)
Nolichucky River, Mitchell/ Unicoi County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Rt 197 Poplar to 19/23 Close to Erwin)
Doe River, Carter County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Hampton to Elizabethton)
Doe River, Carter County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Blevins Bridge on Bear Cage Road to Highway 19E bridge)
Doe River - Laurel Fork, -blank- County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Dennis Cove to Hampton)
 Ski Areas Near Nolichucky River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 54 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 56 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 81 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 92 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
 Marinas Near Nolichucky River:
Rockingham Marina, Johnson City , 13 miles away
Lakeview Marina & RV Park, Kingsport , 15 miles away
Davis Marina, Blountville , 19 miles away
Fish Springs Marina, Hampton , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Nolichucky River:
Super 8 Erwin, Erwin , 3 miles away
Mountain Inn And Suites, Erwin , 4 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Jonesborough-Johnson City West, TN, Jonesborough , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn Johnson City, Johnson City , 8 miles away
Carnegie Hotel, Johnson City , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nolichucky River:
Riverpark Campground, Jonesborough, 0 miles away
Bigrock Campground, Jonesborough, 0 miles away
Curly Maple Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Erwin, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Nolichucky River:
California Trail, Unicoi , 3 miles away
Patty Ridge Trail, Unicoi , 3 miles away
Nolichucky River Trail, Unicoi , 6 miles away
Pinnacle Tower Trail, Unicoi , 6 miles away
No Business Trail, Unicoi , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nolichucky River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 33 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nolichucky River:
Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville , 3 miles away
Cedar Ridge Par 3, Jonesborough , 9 miles away
Ridges Golf & Country Club, Jonesborough , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Nolichucky River
Boone Lake, Sullivan , 14 miles away

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