Look for the gated road off of the road to Clingmans Dome (the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains). Hike downhill. When the stream is big enough to boat, put on.
Lat/longitude coords, especially of the takeout, are a wild approximation to get you in the ballpark. Enjoy the adventure!
Jack Henderson and I attempted Noland Creek as a hike-up from Lakeview Road today at 1,600cfs (Oconaluftee) but lacked sufficient flow. We are guessing that 2,000-2,500cfs is probably a better indicator. The last few miles of Noland vary somewhat oddly in width and channelization, but take on a nature similar to Forney Creek in gradient and nature. Generally speaking, it is a rather narrow Class 3/4 (near the bottom) creek with superb water quality, lots of boogie, and the always present risk of wood (and sparse eddies)
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