|The Lower section of the Nolichucky
|The Upper Section of the Nolichucky
|The Nolichucky River is born in the springs of the Black Mountains, which
have the highest peaks east of the Mississippi River.
As one of the last free flowing rivers in America the Nolichucky offers a
magical, mystical experience. Its sandy beaches and islands are
surrounded by Rhododendrons, Mountain Laural, 900 foot cliffs, and 4000
The majority of the Nolichucky River is bordered by National Forest Land.
White water runs through the mountains of Pisgah and Cherokee National
Forest creating deep river gorges, world-class white water, premier trout
streams, scenic waterfalls and reservoirs with undeveloped shorelines.
Cherokee National Forest cooperates with Tennessee Valley Authority
(TVA), Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and local
outfitter/guides to offer a variety of water-based recreation experiences.
The name Nolichucky "Rushing Water" was given by the Cherokee Indian
based upon the conditions on this rugged section of the river. In the
Erwin area, the pace of the river becomes far tamer, but the mountain
scenery continues to be quite impressive.
Whether you are seeking white water adventure or relaxation, we hope
that you enjoy the unique water-based mountain settings of Cherokee
You will have the opportunity to see deer, huge osprey, geese and an
assortment of other wildlife.
The Nolichucky has two diverse sections and we are lucky enough to be
located right in the middle.
The Nolichucky gorge is in an incredibly beautiful, deep, mountain gorge
that offers lots of great play, especially within the first few miles.
The Upper Nolichucky section begins in Poplar, North Carolina at a
very nice Forest Service "put In". This section runs approximately 10
miles with class III and IV rapids to Chestoa Park, only 400 yards from our
Lower Nolichucky section begins at Chestoa Park. This is a
wonderful family trip and a relaxing way to see this beautiful river. On
this section you will have class I and II rapids. There are several "take
out" sites from 6 to 16 miles downstream. You may experience one class
III rapid, depending on the length of your trip and the water level. This is
an easy "rapid" to walk around and may be skipped if desired.
For information on additional rafting opportunities on the Nolichucky and
other area rivers and lakes contact High Mountain Expeditions
Please ask about package rates for rafting and lodging. We also offer discount rates
NOLICHUCKY HOSTEL &
151 River Road, Erwin, Tennessee
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