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

Alarka Creek

Route 1144 to below Route 1309 Bridge
Class 2-3    4.5 Miles

Deep Creek

Bryson City    Class 2
Note: Deep Creek is a popular inner tube float.


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


Raven Fork

Lower Raven Fork
Season: February - April
Job Corps Bridge to Confluence with Oconaluftee
8 miles    Class 2-3(4)
Average Gradient 70 fpm    Maximum Gradient 75 fpm
Minimum Suggested Level: 650 cfs    Maximum Suggested Level: 2000 cfs


Straight Fork
Season: January - April
Round Bottom to Raven Fork
4.6 Miles    Class 3-4
Average Gradient 136
Minimum Suggested Level 100 cfs


Tuskasegee River

Section 5
Whittier to Bryson City

8 miles    Class 1-3
Minimum Suggested Level 1000 cfs

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