Cheoah River

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Cheoah River

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  • Seasons - High flow days are scheduled 10 weekend dates per year
  • Hours - 8 a.m. - sundown


  • Hwy 129 North

    Robbinsville,   NC   28771


Located in Western NC, the Cheoah isn’t for the faint of heart. The river has many Class IV/IV+ rapids and lots of residual vegetation that require a high skill level to negotiate. With the exception of two or three half-mile or so sections, the Cheoah is unusually continuous with a gradient that is consistently steep for a river its size. The 9-mile run can be broken into three sections and represents a whitewater experience not often found in the Southeast! There is a 9-mile release flow of water from Lake Santeetlah Dam on a designated schedule. Recommended for experienced paddlers only.

River pass bracelets can be purchased at O’Henry’s or Outland Expeditions, (800) 827-1442. Rafting trip with Outland Expeditions leave on scheduled dates at 11 am - remember to show up 1 hour early, located 7 miles north of Robbinsville/Hwy129N.

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Hwy 129 North
Robbinsville NC 28771


Latitude: 35° 22' 51.7038" / Longitude: -83° 51' 58.644"

Special Directions:

To launch site - travel 6 miles north on Hwy 129 from Robbinsville, turn left onto Joyce Kilmer Rd; parking and site will be on the left at the base of Santeetlah Dam. There is a second launch site, half way down near the concrete bridge.

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