Rivers and Creeks in Western North Carolina
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Rivers and Creeks in Macon County, Western North Carolina
fishing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing and tubing.


Season: November - April

Section 2
Below Nemesis to Above Cullasaja Falls

Class 4-(5+)
Minimum Suggested Level: 3.7 ft    Maximum Suggested Level: 7 ft
The gauge is located at the SR 1620 bridge.

First Waterfall    Class 4
River Mile 0.4

Second Waterfall    Class 4
River Mile 0.5

Put in: From Brevard take 64 West into Highlands.
In town the road will turn right leading you out of town.
The fee area for Dry Falls is on the left,
SR 1620 is the first road on the left after Dry Branch Falls.

Take Out: Drive upstream there will be a pull out to the right.

Section 4
Peeks Creek Rd (NC-1678) to Peaceful Cove Rd

Class 2-3    2 miles
Minimum Suggested Level 4 ft


Put in Rapid    Class 2
River Mile 0.0

Bending Right    Class 2+
River Mile 0.1

Splitter    Class 3
River Mile 0.2

Rock Garden    Class 2
River Mile 0.3

Surfing Waves    Class 2
River Mile 1.2

The Wave    Class 2+
River Mile 1.8

Section 5
Peaceful Cove Rd (NC_1677) to Fulton Rd (NC-1668)
Class 1-2    3.5 Miles
Minimum Suggested Level: 3.9 ft
A lot of flat water with a few class 1-2 rapids. Great for first time paddlers.


Little Tennessee River

Season: January - April
NC Route 28 to US Route 19
Class 1-3
23 miles
Minimum Suggested Level: 350 cfs
Maximum Suggested Level: 2000 cfs


Nantahala River

Nantahala Gorge Season: 7 days a week all months except November and sometimes December
Cascades Season: After a heavy rain.

Section 1
FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge

Cascades    Class 4-5    0.7 Miles
Average Gradient 210 fpm

Section 2
Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19

Upper Nantahala    Class 3
Average Gradient 100 fpm

Section 3
Power Plant to Wesser
Lower Nantahala    Class 2+-3    8 Miles
Average Gradient 36 fpm    Maximum Gradient 63 fpm


Patton’s Run    Class 3
River Mile 0.2

Ferebee Park    Class (Picnic Point)
River Mile 3.0

Delebars Rock    Class 2+
River Mile 3.1

Quarry Rapid    Class 2+
River Mile 3.5

Whirlpool    Class 2+
River Mile 4.5

Picnic Rock
River Mile 5.5

Surf Rapid    Class 2
River Mile 5.7

The Bump    Class 2+
River Mile 7.4

Nantahala Falls (Lesser Wesser)    Class 3
River Mile 7.8

The Wave Under the Bridge Take Out    Class 2+
River Mile 7.9

Worser Wesser Past Take Out    Class 5
River Mile 8.0

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