Elk River CR 1326 Bridge to US 321 Bridge

Banner Elk, North Carolina

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The Elk originates in Avery County in the valley between Beech and Sugar Mountains, both popular ski resorts. The river flows generally west and north into Tennessee, eventually reaching the impoundment at Watauga Lake. The Elk Gorge is very remote, beautiful, and difficult. Other sections are appropriate for skill levels running the gamut from novice to expert. The river can generally be run only during or shortly after heavy rains, with Section D being the possible exception.

Elk River: CR 1326 Bridge to US 321 Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"The Elk originates in Avery County in the valley between Beech and Sugar Mountains, both popular ski resorts. The river flows generally west and north into Tennessee, eventually reaching the impoundment at Watauga Lake. The Elk Gorge is very remote, beautiful, and difficult.

Other sections are appropriate for skill levels running the gamut from novice to expert. The river can generally be run only during or shortly after heavy rains, with Section D being the possible exception."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Banner Elk
Distance: 20.9
Elevation Loss: 314 feet
Duration: 4 sections that take 13 hours to paddle
Class: Class II to V
Local Maps: Elk Park (NC); Elk Mills (TN) (USGS); Avery (NC); Carter (TN) (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Elk River: CR 1326 Bridge to US 321 Bridge

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May 2018