Nolichucky, North Carolina, US
Rt 197 Poplar to 19/23 near Erwin (Nolichucky Gorge)
||III-IV (for normal flows)
Surfing JawsPhoto of Milton Wicker by James Woods taken 11/23/03 @ 2300 CFS
For more info, check out the Noli
description in the Tennessee page
and the boatingbeta.com Nolichucky page
The Nolichucky is in an incredibly beautiful, deep, mountain gorge that offers lots of great play,
especially within the first few miles. The Noli's punch is at the beginning, then it mellows out to
a mostly class III run allowing ample opportunity to enjoy the scenery. The gorge is remote with
the only opportunity to walk out by a railroad track that parallels the river.
Parking at the takeout: Do NOT park at the commercial rafting companies, space is already tight &
needed for rafting customers. Private boaters can park at the Nolichucky Gorge Campground for a fee
(which includes a hot shower - nice on a cold winter day), the campground can also arrange
shuttles. Round trip shuttle runs take up every bit of an hour. Private boater parking has created
some contention in the past, just abide by the business's requests and there should be no problem.
Alternate parking is available at the USFS Chestoa parking area (note: fee demo area) about 3/4
mile past the campground, the take-out is on river right.
For further information and the most incredibly accurate and specific shuttle directions known to
the western world, see Chris Bell's excellent boatingbeta.com website.
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Last Updated: 2007-03-21 16:40:53