The Best Places to Paddle in WNC

Chris Gragtmas
Made Possible by
Curated by

The mountains of Western North Carolina and the surrounding (TN,GA,SC) areas are well-known for having some of the best boating in the country. Whether it's a remote, mountain laurel-lined creek or a dam controlled river passing through pastoral farmland, there are plenty of places in WNC just waiting to be paddled. But sometimes it can be difficult finding exactly where to go.

We teamed up with former Canadian Champion and Green Race Silver Medalist Chris Gragtmans to discuss his favorite runs in the Asheville area and to help you spend more time on the water and less time researching for information online.

Chris is one of the best in the business and it was a pleasure to work with him. Here are four of his favorite backyard creeks, all written and curated by the man himself. Have a look around, and see if you can spot what river is nearest and dearest to his heart. And start planning your next whitewater adventure!

1. Green River

  Angela Greenwell - The Unbored Life

2. French Broad River

3. Nantahala River

4. Big Creek

Well, if this doesn't get your mouth watering as fast as these creeks flow, then we don't know what will. Thanks to Chris for the time spent developing these four expertly written white water reviews. Be sure to read more and get directions straight to the put-ins by following the links above.

Last Updated:

Next Up


5 Awesome Adventures to Have in a National Park Just 15 Minutes from DC


4 Best Wildflower Hikes in the Smokies