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Nolichucky River: National Forest Service Put-In at Poplar, North Carloina to TN 67 Bridge Professional Review and Guide
"Below the confluence of the Toe and Cane Rivers the Nolichucky is born—not as a small, gurgling trickle but as a full-grown, boisterous, fast-flowing river. Down from Poplar the river enters Cherokee National Forest while cutting a gorge 800 to 1,000 feet deep between the Bald Mountains on the south and the Unaka Mountains on the north. The Clinchfield Railroad follows the river through the entire gorge. For those who would like to enjoy the rugged grandeur of the gorge and the river to the fullest, hiking is the way. The paddler can enjoy only the river, as there is little opportunity to view the magnificent scenery above. The river has many long rapids with heavy water that offer little opportunity for rescue. This is a river for the advanced paddler."
--Bob and David Benner, Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas (Menasha Ridge Press).
Always a great time on the Nolichucky. Make sure you get there early in the season to take advantage of the water levels. If you have a few days there is a trail that goes up to an old abandoned town in the hills. Ask any of the local river guides about it.
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