Steel Creek FS 228 to CR 1405 Adako Road Bridge

Morganton, North Carolina

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Steel Creek is born in northeastern Burke County just east of Linville Gorge. The first several miles are a beautiful wilderness run, then the creek begins to parallel NC 181. The entire drainage lies within Pisgah National Forest ensuring excellent water quality. Below the putin, this section is continuous Class III for 2 miles after which the gradient subsides somewhat down to the confluence with Upper Creek. The natural slalom course is provided by the boulder garden nature of the riverbed. This is strictly a high-water run with a window of one to two days at best.

Steel Creek: FS 228 to CR 1405 (Adako Road) Bridge Professional Review and Guide

"Steel Creek is born in northeastern Burke County just east of Linville Gorge. The first several miles are a beautiful wilderness run, then the creek begins to parallel NC 181. The entire drainage lies within Pisgah National Forest ensuring excellent water quality.

Below the putin, this section is continuous Class III for 2 miles after which the gradient subsides somewhat down to the confluence with Upper Creek. The natural slalom course is provided by the boulder garden nature of the riverbed. This is strictly a high-water run with a window of one to two days at best."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Morganton
Distance: 6
Elevation Loss: 66 feet
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Class: Class III
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: Chestnut Mountain, Oak Hill (USGS); Burke (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Steel Creek: FS 228 to CR 1405 (Adako Road) Bridge

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