Class II-III Oconaluftee River, NC

Oconaluftee River (Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Tuckasegee River)

The Oconaluftee, considered “sacred waters” by the Cherokee, and known as the “Luftee, ” is a beautiful, freestone river that drops 2,000 feet over 10 miles. It flows through downtown Cherokee and Qualla Boundary, the homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, before joining the Little Tennessee on the way to Lake Fontana. Wading, tubing, fishing and canoeing are all popular here. (Source: Smoky Mountain Blueways)

Section Details

Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager Tribal, Eastern Band Cherokee Indians
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater