Alarka Creek CR 1140 Bridge to Old CR 1309 Bridge

Iotla, North Carolina

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Alarka Creek heads up into Nantahala National Forest on the slopes of the Alarka Mountains. It is a small, fast stream flowing over ledges under low-hanging branches. It might carry through a backyard and seconds later through impenetrable laurel thickets that completely enclose the paddler. On one trip a copperhead dropped into the bow of a canoe passing downstream, so the heavy foliage also bears watching. This is the only hitchhiking snake the authors have observed or heard of, so don’t let it discourage what can be a most delightful trip.

Alarka Creek: CR 1140 Bridge to Old CR 1309 Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"Alarka Creek heads up into Nantahala National Forest on the slopes of the Alarka Mountains. It is a small, fast stream flowing over ledges under low-hanging branches. It might carry through a backyard and seconds later through impenetrable laurel thickets that completely enclose the paddler.

On one trip a copperhead dropped into the bow of a canoe passing downstream, so the heavy foliage also bears watching. This is the only hitchhiking snake the authors have observed or heard of, so don’t let it discourage what can be a most delightful trip."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Iotla
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Loss: Minimal
Duration: 2 hours
Class: Class II-III
Local Contacts: Nantahala National Forest
Local Maps: Alarka, Bryson City (USGS); Swain (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Alarka Creek: CR 1140 Bridge to Old CR 1309 Bridge

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May 2018