Upper Creek Greentown Trailhead to NC 18 Bridge on the Catawba River

Morganton, North Carolina

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Upper Creek originates in the Jonas Ridge area of northern Burke County. The upper stretches are within Pisgah National Forest, which ensures excellent water quality. The creek flows through one unrunnable gorge in the Jonas Hole area before entering the long abandoned Greentown community where the remains of an old railroad track are still visible. Downstream of Greentown is the Raven Cliff Gorge section. Below Section A the creek progressively slows down and runs through rural areas before its confluence with the Catawba River, just above Lake Rhodhiss. Upper Creek is reportedly one of the best smallmouth bass fishing streams in the Southeast.

Upper Creek: Greentown Trailhead to NC 18 Bridge on the Catawba River Professional Review and Guide

"Upper Creek originates in the Jonas Ridge area of northern Burke County. The upper stretches are within Pisgah National Forest, which ensures excellent water quality. The creek flows through one unrunnable gorge in the Jonas Hole area before entering the long abandoned Greentown community where the remains of an old railroad track are still visible.

Downstream of Greentown is the Raven Cliff Gorge section. Below Section A the creek progressively slows down and runs through rural areas before its confluence with the Catawba River, just above Lake Rhodhiss. Upper Creek is reportedly one of the best smallmouth bass fishing streams in the Southeast."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Morganton
Distance: 20.9
Elevation Loss: 227 feet
Duration: 3 sections that take 14.5 hours to paddle
Class: Class I-V
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: Chestnut Mountain, Oak Hill, Morganton North (USGS); Burke (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Creek: Greentown Trailhead to NC 18 Bridge on the Catawba River

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May 2018