The Tuckaseegee is a favorite river for whitewater canoe and kayak instruction. There are lots of large eddies and places to practice with easy recovery for those cases when the eddy line wins. During the Summer months the Tuckaseegee river still has water from dam releases upstream. Rafts traffic is not overwhelming because the Nantahala draws most peoples attention away.

On river right is the train wreck from “The Fugitive” starring Harrison Ford. Where an Illinois Central train slammed into a prison bus, flipping it, and allowing convicts to escape.

Most of the rapids have definite routes with limited numbers of clear channels.

Cartoon Map Of Tuck Gorge

The rapid names vary by club, but these are the some of the names you are likely to hear:
Railroad Bridge – 1st Hole
Prudential Rock – 2nd Hole
Double Drop
Surprise Hole
Sharks Tooth

  • River Difficulty: Trained Beginner (Class I-II)
  • Distance: 4.4 miles (Dillsboro in Outfitters)
  • Avg Gradient: 17 fpm
  • Minimum Suggested Level: 
  • Water Temperature: nice 
  • Duke Power dam schedule: Slightly higher on Saturdays Schedule

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    USGS Barkers Creek Gauge:

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    Put In / Take Out Location:

    Dillsboro North Carolina
    Dillsboro Park Put In:  35o 22.043N , 83o 15.142W unstarred

    From Atlanta:
    Take I-85, I-985 through Gainsville.
    Continue on 441 though Clayton.
    At you enter Franklin, turn East/North on 23/441
    Immediately before the Tuckasseegee bridge, turn right and immediately to the left.
    A gravel road will turn the the left under the bridge.

    Take out:  35 23.125N, -83 17.521W

    From Put In:
    North on 23/441
    Exit to the left on Highway 74. 
    A U-Turn will be required to get back to the outfitter take out.
    Take ramp on the right to US 64.

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    Nearby Outfitters:

    Smoky Mountain River Adventures
    (828) 586-5285

    On US 74 just East of Uncle Bill’s Flea Market, 35.387973, -83.293800

  • Drop your boats at the top and park here to catch a ride back to the top for about $5.