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Nolichucky Gorge Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Nolichucky River

Inflatable Kayak on the Nolichucky
Nolichucky Gorge Campground at 1920 cfs
Rafting down the Upper Nolichucky River at 1830 Might as well stay up all night at the campground because the train never sleeps at 1830 cfs The Appalachian Trail 2 hours hike North of the Nolichucky Campground Upper Nolichucky River at 1910 cfs Surfing a raft on the Nolichucky at 1830 cfs
Nolichucky Gorge Campground Early AM 6/4/2006 at 2050 cfs Nolichucky River - It's not impossible to take a raft through there, but it's a tight fit at 1870 cfs Nolichucky River at 1870 cfs

Nolichucky Gorge Info
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Put In:  Poplar
Take Out:  Erwin
Difficulty:  Class III , Class IV
Gradient:  37 ft/mi
Run Length:  9 miles
Flow Information (phone):  Tennessee Valley Authority; 800-238-2264.
Good Level:  500-2,800 cfs
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, December
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  At high water the upper section turns into a nonstop flush because of the considerable gradient and constricted streambed and Class II-III action continues almost to the take-out. At low flows the first couple of miles consists of technical rock dodging with little action towards the end of the run.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Available at Nolichucky Expeditions near Erwin and at Rock Creek Campground between Erwin and Poplar.
Location:  In the Southeastern U.S. (NC,TN), 261 miles Southwest of Raleigh
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From the take-out in Erwin, Tennessee, take TN Route 30 (10th street) east into the Cherokee National Forest past Rock Creek Campground, into the Unaka Mountains, across the Appalachian Trail at Indian Grave Gap, and down into North Carolina.

Take-out: Erwin is located on US 23/19W. The easiest take-out is near Nolichucky Expeditions south of town.

Towns near Nolichucky Gorge Kayaking

Asheville North Carolina
Banner Elk North Carolina
Blowing Rock North Carolina
Boone North Carolina
Erwin Tennessee
Hot Springs North Carolina
Johnson city Tennessee
Maggie Valley North Carolina
Mars Hill North Carolina
Marshall North Carolina
Weaverville North Carolina

Other Resources

Conservation Organizations
  • Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association
  • Southeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Carolina Canoe Club
  • Chota Canoe Club
  • East Tennessee Whitewater Club
  • Tarheel Paddlers Association
  • Tennessee Valley Canoe Club
  • U of Tennessee Canoe & Hiking Club