Nolichucky River National Forest Service Put-In at Poplar, North Carloina to TN 67 Bridge

Erwin, Tennessee

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Erwin
Distance: 23.3
Elevation Loss: Minimal
Duration: 2 sections that take 12.5 hours to paddle
Class: Class II-IV
Local Contacts: Cherokee National Forest
Local Maps: Huntdale (NC); Unicoi, Erwin (TN) (USGS); Mitchell (NC); Unicoi, Washington (TN) (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to Nolichucky River: National Forest Service Put-In at Poplar, North Carloina to TN 67 Bridge

Recent Trail Reviews

4/14/2009
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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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