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Old 05-26-2007, 08:49 PM
 
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Default Kayaking in WNC

Hi All,
I thought I should ask this very knowledgeable Forum about kayaking, and how do-able it is in Western NC. Not interested in the heart-stopping, white water kayaking. We are talking the paddling along, communing-with-nature type of kayaking. Does that exist in WNC, and is it accessible? I know there are some lakes, but are they all private or is there public access?
We are pretty spoiled with fantastic kayak choices here on the shoreline of CT... something I think I could really miss! Appreciate your thoughts.
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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The Little Tennessee River northwest of Franklin is worth checking out. It's wide, smooth and beautiful and offers terrific views of the Nantahala and Cowee mountain ranges. There also might be some stretches of the French Broad River in Madison County that fit what you're looking for. My wife and I went rafting on the French Broad on our first trip to western North Carolina, back when we were younger and more adventurous. We hit only a few rough areas, though I think there are parts of the French Broad that do provide that whitewater "excitement."
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Old 05-27-2007, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis Indiana
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Check out Wilson's Creek in northern Caldwell County. The county just bought some property to provide a a nice area for putting in.
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Old 05-27-2007, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Rivers in Western NC

Hiwassee
Little Tennessee
Savannah
French Broad
Broad
Catawba
Watauga
New
Yadkin
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Old 05-27-2007, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis Indiana
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Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Statesville
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Default Kayaking on the ICW

Is it safe to kayak on the Inter-coastal Waterway around Sunset Beach? I'm envisioning alligators chasing me.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Johnston County, NC
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I'm looking for the same in Johnston County NC, we are used to the ocean kayaking at the coast. Any info I find for you I will pass your way.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Johnston County, NC
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Is it safe to kayak on the Inter-coastal Waterway around Sunset Beach? I'm envisioning alligators chasing me.
I think you'll be ok. Our winters are too cold for the rare alligator to get very big. I have lived in NC my whole life, all over the coast, I've NEVER seen one...heard of them being around but we have more of mosquito problem.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Elizabeth, Charlotte
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try the new r up in ashe co. zaloos (if they are still in business) offer good stuff...
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Statesville
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I think you'll be ok. Our winters are too cold for the rare alligator to get very big. I have lived in NC my whole life, all over the coast, I've NEVER seen one...heard of them being around but we have more of mosquito problem.
There is one in the pond by the condo we stay at a Sunset Beach golf community, so I just didn't know. Haven't seen "Al" this year though.
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