North Harper Creek FS 464 to CR 1328 Bridge over Harper Creek

Mortimer, North Carolina

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North Harper Creek is born high in the Pisgah National Forest between Headquarters Mountain and Big Lost Cove Ridge. It is a beautifully scenic run alternating between fast current through steep gorges and quiet water along the valley floor. A large portion of the gradient is comprised of unrunnable falls and very congested (read unrunnable) boulder chokedowns. Indeed, the creek has been run and walked by walking in the Little Lost Cove Trail. This tacks an additional 1.6 miles of distance and 480 feet of drop onto the run, most of which is unrunnable. Approximately 1.5 miles above Harper Falls, the creek joins with Hull Branch Creek, doubling the volume and forming Harper Creek. The run is primarily easy Class III water, though quite technical. This is a true wilderness run; you’re guaranteed to see none but the occasional, hardcore fisherman. North Harper Creek is only runnable after heavy, extended rainfall and has a window of one to two days at best.

North Harper Creek: FS 464 to CR 1328 Bridge over Harper Creek Professional Review and Guide

"North Harper Creek is born high in the Pisgah National Forest between Headquarters Mountain and Big Lost Cove Ridge. It is a beautifully scenic run alternating between fast current through steep gorges and quiet water along the valley floor. A large portion of the gradient is comprised of unrunnable falls and very congested (read unrunnable) boulder chokedowns. Indeed, the creek has been run and walked by walking in the Little Lost Cove Trail. This tacks an additional 1.6 miles of distance and 480 feet of drop onto the run, most of which is unrunnable.

Approximately 1.5 miles above Harper Falls, the creek joins with Hull Branch Creek, doubling the volume and forming Harper Creek. The run is primarily easy Class III water, though quite technical. This is a true wilderness run; you’re guaranteed to see none but the occasional, hardcore fisherman. North Harper Creek is only runnable after heavy, extended rainfall and has a window of one to two days at best."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Mortimer
Distance: 5.4
Elevation Loss: 141 feet
Duration: 5 hours
Class: Class III-IV
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: Grandfather Mountain, Chestnut Mountain (USGS); Avery, Caldwell (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to North Harper Creek: FS 464 to CR 1328 Bridge over Harper Creek

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