Watauga River CR 1557 Bridge to Sycamore Shoals on US 321

Boone, North Carolina

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The Watauga heads up on the eastern slope of Sugar Mountain. It winds along NC 105 for several miles before entering a short, steep section. After leaving NC 105, it meanders through hilly pasture and then through spectacularly rugged Watauga Gorge before reaching Watauga Lake in Tennessee.
Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

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Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

by Bob and David Benner (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Watauga heads up on the eastern slope of Sugar Mountain. It winds along NC 105 for several miles before entering a short, steep section. After leaving NC 105, it meanders through hilly pasture and then through spectacularly rugged Watauga Gorge before reaching Watauga Lake in Tennessee.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Boone
Distance: 35.2
Elevation Loss: 267 feet
Duration: 6 sections that take 18 hours to paddle
Class: Class I-V
Local Maps: Boone, Valle Crucis, Sherwood; Elk Mills, Watauga Dam; Elizabethton (TN) (USGS); Watauga; Johnson (TN) (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Watauga River: CR 1557 Bridge to Sycamore Shoals on US 321

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