Need a destination for a 2-3 day rafting/camping trip near western NC
Hi, I'm trying to organize a rafting trip for the 3rd or 4th weekend in
April for a few friends, most of whom have experience rafting with a guide and are in good physical shape. I'd like to make this a multiday trip with 2 nights of camping and 2 or 3 days paddling - at least 30 miles I guess. I think class I-III with the occasional IV would be appropriate for our group that would like to relax some, but not fall asleep in the boat.
I am looking for a river that:
1) has a long section that is likely to be navigable by a raft in late April
2) allows camping somewhere along its shores
3) is tranquil enough that our gear has a good chance of remaining in the boat
4) has a put-in or take-out not more than about 4 hours from Asheville, NC
Thanks for any advice you can offer!