Santeetlah Creek Government Road 81 to Santeetlah Lake

Robbinsville, North Carolina

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Santeetlah Creek originates in the Nantahala National Forest, just south of the pristine, virgin woods of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. It springs from the Unicoi Mountains a few miles east of the NC/TN state line. The upper section of this run is easy Class II water with the more interesting stuff toward the end. In 1973 Jim Holcombe and I did this run, and I remember rolling over and drinking from this fine creek. The water still appears to be drinkable, although we certainly can’t advise it! This run is an option only after heavy rainfall and has at best a two-day window of runnability.

Santeetlah Creek: Government Road 81 to Santeetlah Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Santeetlah Creek originates in the Nantahala National Forest, just south of the pristine, virgin woods of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. It springs from the Unicoi Mountains a few miles east of the NC/TN state line.

The upper section of this run is easy Class II water with the more interesting stuff toward the end. In 1973 Jim Holcombe and I did this run, and I remember rolling over and drinking from this fine creek. The water still appears to be drinkable, although we certainly can’t advise it! This run is an option only after heavy rainfall and has at best a two-day window of runnability."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Robbinsville
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Loss: 66 feet
Duration: 2 hours
Class: Class III to IV
Local Contacts: Nantahala National Forest,
Local Maps: Santeetlah Creek (USGS); Graham (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Santeetlah Creek: Government Road 81 to Santeetlah Lake

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May 2018