Nantahala - 0.5- Hwy 64 to Nantahala Lake

Nantahala, North Carolina, US


0.5- Hwy 64 to Nantahala Lake

Usual Difficulty I-II+(III) (for normal flows)
Length 12.74 Miles
Avg. Gradient 45 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03504000 200 - 5000 cfs I-II+(III) 01h05m 344 cfs (running)

River Description

From Hwy 64 the river meanders through a flat valley for a bit before gorging up. From there the river goes thru a series of pretty gorges. At one point there is a very large no trespassing sign hanging over the river, and innumerable no trespassing signs. Not sure what the access issues are here.

There are two possibilites for runs here. The first is from the Hwy 64 bridge to the gauging station. This makes for a 5.2 mile run with a fairly easy shuttle that follows the river along Rainbow Springs Rd. At the gauge, the road goes away from the river.

The next 7 miles are predominately flat, including 3 or 4 miles of lake paddle to the first lake access point at Jarrett Creek rd.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 20:04:52

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 5 2003 (5800 days ago)
I have never seen a creek with more trespassing signs. For the rather low grade I to II- nature of
the run I am not sure it is worth being arrested.