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Old 09-11-2006   #1
 
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Hey Easteners!

Where's the best playpark the Southeastern Winter has to offer? I have pretty much narrowed it down that I want to be in Ashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, or Charlotte. But who's got a great playpark that still goes through December?

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There are no "playparks" back east. It's all natural river features. Most of these features are rainfall dependant. However if you want to playboat you need to be at the Ocoee, if it's running." Also Rock Island TN is pretty good and runs often. But if you are going east you need to wait for a tropical system to move up the Apps. This will get the creeks pumping. However your best bet it to be in Ashevegas and run the Green. Watch out for the monkey, he'll get ya!!!!!!
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Out east they have this odd phenomenon called eddy-service. Means that you can actually surf good river features more than once.

Of the cities you named, I'd take Asheville - decent enough play close by on the Noli and FB, but you get the Green almost every day.
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It appears that charlotte would be high on the list now
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There's good play all over the SE. TEll us where you're going and the levels when the time comes and we'll get you hooked up.

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Charlotte has the new park, but thats the only whitewater for 200 miles!!!!
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and its cool enough looking that if i was driving down there i would have to cruise by.
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Old 09-11-2006   #8
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I'm a TN native and lived in Knoxville for 7 yrs and Asheville for 4 yrs, and between the two towns, there are hundreds of miles of whitewater. If you get the Monte Smith guide http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...ericanwhite-20, you'll find endless runs with lots and lots of play. If it's raining, you can find everything from scary class V runs to great class III play. Here are a few favorites:

Ocoee - dam release
Nolichucky - natural flow - great play
Chattooga - natural flow
Emory/Obed system (Cumberland Plateau in TN) - miles and miles of whitewater
Big South Fork - natural flow - (Cumberland Plateau in TN)
French Broad - natural flow - some play on section 9
Big Laurel Crk - natural flow (tributary of the French Broad)
Nantahala - dam release - at least a few good holes, waves and mystery move spots
Pigeon - dam release - lots of play

The creeking is endless:

The Smokies can (and does go off) after a good rain - West Prong, Middle Prong, Little River, Ravens Fork, Big Creek, etc.
Tellico
Watauga
Doe
Citico
Linville
All the upper forks of the Pigeon and the French Broad

For NC: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/co...mary/state/NC/

For TN: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/co...mary/state/TN/

Just hit the road and pray for rain.
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Old 09-11-2006   #9
 
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Thanks, you guys!
It seems like Asheville is working out regarding my job. So that's where I'll be. See you out there in the rain!
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Old 09-12-2006   #10
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Asheville is a great choice. It's a sweet town, nestled in the mountains with lots of outdoor stuff to do - paddling, hiking, climbing, mtn. biking, etc. There are great restaurants, a good music scene and lot's of cool folks. Enjoy.
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