The Nolichucky River ( "Rushing Water"as given by the Cherokee )is one the most beautiful rivers in the United States. It is a major stream originating in western North Carolina at the highest peak east of the Rockies(Mount Mitchell) and delivers its flow downstream past Erwin and Greenville Tennessee to the French Broad,a major tributary of the Tennessee River. Its beauty comes from the deepest river gorge in eastern America with its 4000' mountains lining its banks to the large boulders and turbulent Class III-IV rapids that are in abundance along its path. Along the way the rafter gets a large dose of the wave action featuring spectacular drops interspersed with tranquil areas that make this river the perfect mix between a wild whitewater river and a serene place where the scenery can be enjoyed in a relaxing way. Past the put out at Chestoa,near Erwin,the next few miles of the river is much more tranquil and can be enjoyed by the entire family ,regardless of age. The Noli is truly an impressive river and the area that it flows through has a beauty and culture that should not be missed by the savvy traveler.
Typical Class of WaterThe Nolichucky River has Class III-IV rapids with a large number of these along its route.
Best Seasons for Experiencing
The outfitters that run the river are open in general from April to late October.
River access through outfitters can be gained at two locations near Erwin,Tennessee.One, above Chestoa Park, and the other at the "Devil's Looking Glass"(Nolichucky Escarpment)on Highway 107.
ADA Accessibility Notes
no ADA access on the whitewater rafting
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are not allowed.