I am looking for a 3-4 day river kayaking trip in the south eastern US. I would prefer to stay in NC, GA, East TN, or Southern VA. Willing to travel further for the perfect river. There will be 4-5 people going in 12-16ft kayaks, group of high school and college friends. We are looking for somewhere as remote as possible, with good views, and lots of class I-II rapids. I realize that it is difficult to find somewhere remote in the states listed, but the more wilderness the better. We are hoping to do around 50 miles, depending on the river obviously.
We will take all necessary items with us and would prefer to camp in remote areas. Planning on going in the 1st part of April. Everyone going is an intermediate paddler.
Looking forward to everyones suggestions.
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Posted by: jackl on Feb-23-13 5:34 AM (EST)
1. The New River (the section in NC that runs into VA)
Posted by: oldiron79 on Mar-21-13 12:41 PM (EST)
Most rivers that start in a county that has the Great Smokeys NP or Cherokee National Forest in it in east TN are swift moving like you want, but they go to flat water before you get the 50 miles or so you want.
wow, my kind of trip! |
Posted by: tdaniel on Feb-24-13 9:33 AM (EST)
back up plan|
Posted by: tdaniel on Feb-25-13 2:27 PM (EST)
if the greenbrier, elk and williams/gauley are too low then you could run the bottom of the greenbrier and then paddle the New. This is not a good high water option. but would work well if conditions are low. Put in at Barger Springs on the Greenbrier, paddle onto the new and camp (ist night)near brooks, portage brooks falls (portage) and on day two portqge sandstone falls and camp at Glade Creek (2nd night. Day three skirt grassy shoals (right) and camp near ledges Day 4 paddle out to Stonecliff or Thurmond but skirt silos. Plenty of good class II+ whitewater to run on this trip. You want the Fayette station gauge to read below 4feet to do this trip.
12 to 16 foot kayaks? Touring or rec? |
Posted by: g2d on Mar-04-13 11:51 PM (EST)
You want a river with frequent class 1-2 rapids and you're going to carry all your gear in touring or rec kayaks?
Suwannee would be first choice|
Posted by: wavespinner on Mar-19-13 10:42 PM (EST)
But, if you didn't want to go that far, consider the Altamaha which you can paddle pretty much all across Georgia. I paddled the eastern half and it wasn't bad.