Big Creek, North Carolina, US
2. NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon (Lower Big Creek)
||III-IV (for normal flows)
(MN) Boof at Lower Big Creek
(MN) Boof at Lower Big CreekPhoto of Mike Nail by Ted Cookson taken 04/03/05 @ 2.5 ft
This was my first introduction to creek boating "Smoky Mountain" style. The runs here are similar
to being out West on the steep continuous runs there. The lower section of Big Creek offers a great
step up in steep creeking for the paddler looking to expand their horizons.
This trip could be combined with some of the water above the campground for the adventurous boater.
Be aware, the 1.5 mile section above the campground is more demanding than the lower section of Big
Paddled Big Creek on 5/9/03 at a level of 2.6ft on the old yellow bridge gauge, while the
Oconoluftee was running about 2200cfs. It was definitely different from when I paddled it at 2.8 on
the other gauge at the park. Things weren't as "BIG". Good run though, I was glad to get back out
on some of that Smoky Mtn whitewater!
For more info check out Chris Bell's Asheville Area Boating Beta Page
. See also Upper Big Creek
for serious Class-V
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Last Updated: 2008-11-30 22:29:09