While Chupa's right-on about NC whitewater, his post does need a couple of leittle re-directs. The Upper Ocoee's actually in TN, but it is *very close* to the NC border.... and the middle Ocoee's in TN, too! (feel like I have to represent, being here in TN and all)
The Chatooga's in GA-- north GA, but Georgia nonetheless. Section 2, 3, and 4 are all in on the Chatooga right now, BTW... so if anyone's headed east, it should be worth your trip, no matter your skill level (Section 2 = class II whitewater, Section 3 = class III with a IV or two thrown in for good measure, section 4.... it's reputation precedes it!).
NC is a bit dry right now, but the Nantahala and French Broad always seem to run. As for other rivers, NC's got the Pigeon Dries, Raven Fork, the Green, the Catawba, the Santeelah, the Watauga, Horsepature, and everyone's newest favorite, the Cheoah-- and those are just a start! If you're interested in running NC whitewater, though, I'd highly advise picking up a copy of North Carolina Rivers and Creeks, by Leland Davis (http://www.nccreeks.com
). We're using it as our Bible down here these days-- yeah, who'd have thought, a bunch of southerners trading in their real Bibles for the whitewater versions instead...??