Nantahala River CR 1310 Gravel Road Turnout 42 Miles Above Forest Service Put-In to Wesser

Murphy, North Carolina

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The Nantahala heads up just inside the edge of Nantahala National Forest before entering Nantahala Lake, reportedly the highest lake in North Carolina. From there some water is piped down the mountain to the power plant 0.25 miles above the Section C put-in. Sections A and B only run after heavy, extended rainfall, which results in dam spill-over from Nantahala Lake and heavy feeder-stream influence up high. The piped water meets the natural flow just above Section C, one of the most popular whitewater runs in the country. The water temperature on this stretch is generally 45° F due to the diverted water being pulled from the bottom of the lake. While Section A is recommended only for experts, Section B is challenging for high-intermediate and advanced boaters. Section C is suitable for intermediate-level paddlers and ends just above the Class V Wesser Falls.
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 Nantahala heads up just inside the edge of Nantahala National Forest before entering Nantahala Lake, reportedly the highest lake in North Carolina. From there some water is piped down the mountain to the power plant 0.25 miles above the Section C put-in. Sections A and B only run after heavy, extended rainfall, which results in dam spill-over from Nantahala Lake and heavy feeder-stream influence up high.

The piped water meets the natural flow just above Section C, one of the most popular whitewater runs in the country. The water temperature on this stretch is generally 45° F due to the diverted water being pulled from the bottom of the lake. While Section A is recommended only for experts, Section B is challenging for high-intermediate and advanced boaters. Section C is suitable for intermediate-level paddlers and ends just above the Class V Wesser Falls.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Murphy
Distance: 12.2
Elevation Loss: 343 feet
Duration: 6.5 hours
Class: Class I to V
Local Contacts: Nantahala National Forest, Nantahala Outdoor Center
Local Maps: Topton, Hewitt, Wesser (USGS); Macon, Swain (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Nantahala River: CR 1310 (Gravel Road Turnout 4.2 Miles Above Forest Service Put-In) to Wesser

Recent Trail Reviews

5/14/2011
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This is a very easy white water rafting course and great for beginners but not at all challenging for experienced whitewater rafters. I suggest going after a torrential downpour so the class twos are faster.


9/10/2007
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this is a great river, but not for novice kayakers. sveral of the rapids were too much for a novice, such as the bump, and nantahala falls. the guide helped us tremendously. bryson city is a unique river town, w/ a couple of food vendors on the water. go for the pizza! the uniqueness and personel make it wonderful! the nantahala outfitters company were wonderful with info, giving us a ride back up to the truck, and general info.



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