Boatertalk.com is a better place for beta on the SE. You probably live in of the three best boating places in the US (Fayetteville and Hood River being the probable others). Since you are new, I presume you area talking about the Lower Green - I've never done it, but I've seen lots of tubers putting in where we take out for the Narrows.
Carolina Whitewater is a good book, as is Southeastern Whitewater, but I think both may be out of print. Appalachian Whitewater is ok and in print. Haven't seen much of the new NCRC, but it looks like eye candy from what I have seen. Quick primer for Asheville: easier rivers out there - Lower Green, Hiawasse, Tuckaseegee, Nantahala. From there the Pigeon, FB, and the Ocoee. And from there, you'll know what you want to start paddling next. Lots of folks boating and it's much easier to learn in the SE than in the West (warm water). Enjoy.
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