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Tennessee whitewater, Nolichucky River

Unicoi county, Poplar North to Nolichucky Gorge Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     8 miles
'Worked as a Guide on ocoee,Gauley, Arkansas, Snake, Colorado, Pigeon, But My Heart Will Always Lye Deep in the water of the Nolichucky, Deep Down those steep green rock-sliding Mountains Where the water cuts a path my best memories are kept. I miss you all out there......Cherokee Adventures '98-'99 Says FRU-MAX

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Tennessee are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't
    forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This stretch of Nolichucky River in Tennessee is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. The campgrounds here at Nolichucky River
are pretty good. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The wonderful Unicoi County scenery and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a  
while are sure to keep you coming back for more. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. The put-in location is a short drive from Johnson City, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
A splendid place near Nolichucky River is Curley Maple Gap, and a trip to Cherokee National Forest is a perfect idea. This spot, the Great Smoky Mountains, has so much outdoors exciting things. Take a hike on the Nolichucky River Trail, and what would winter be without some skiing at Wolf Ridge.

Nolichucky River, Poplar North to Nolichucky Gorge Campground 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 Nolichucky River.
 Whitewater Near Nolichucky River:
Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Unicoi County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 3 miles long (Nolichucky Gorge Campground to Jackson Love Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain Adventure Guide, Unicoi County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Nolichucky River, Unicoi County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8 miles long (Poplar North to Nolichucky Gorge Campground)
Nolichucky River, Mitchell/ Unicoi County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 8.1 miles long (Rt 197 Poplar to 19/23 Close to Erwin)
Whitewater Outfitter - Cherokee Adventures, Unicoi County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Spivey Creek, Unicoi County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.8 miles long (Little Bald Creek to Tumbling Rich Gap Brook)
Nolichucky River, Unicoi/ Washington County, 6 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 0 miles long (Big Rocks)
Doe River, Carter County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Hampton to Elizabethton)
Doe River, Carter County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Blevins Bridge on Bear Cage Road to Highway 19E bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Nolichucky River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 11 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 36 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 37 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 51 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 , 83 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 91 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
 Marinas Near Nolichucky River:
Rockingham Marina, Johnson City , 18 miles away
Fish Springs Marina, Hampton , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Nolichucky River:
Super 8 Erwin, Erwin , 4 miles away
Mountain Inn And Suites, Erwin , 4 miles away
Carnegie Hotel, Johnson City , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Johnson City, Johnson City , 12 miles away
Quality Inn Johnson City, Johnson City , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nolichucky River:
Curly Maple Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Erwin, 1 miles away
No Business Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Erwin, 3 miles away
Bald Mountain Campground, Yancey County, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Nolichucky River:
Nolichucky River Trail, Unicoi , 2 miles away
No Business Trail, Unicoi , 3 miles away
Hemlock Forest Trail, Unicoi , 4 miles away
Rock Creek Bicycle Trail, Unicoi , 4 miles away
California Trail, Unicoi , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nolichucky River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 30 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 12 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 20 miles away
Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nolichucky River:
Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville , 9 miles away
Buffalo Valley Golf Course, Unicoi , 9 miles away
Pine Oaks Golf Course, Johnson City , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Nolichucky River
Boone Lake, Sullivan , 20 miles away

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