This is very easy paddle day on flat water.
Approximately 2.5 miles of kayaking and 5 miles of hiking
Meeting spot 10 am NC 107 and SR 1135 Shook Cove Road, Tuckasegee, NC This road crossing is at the intersection of the Tuckasegee River and the West Fork Tuckasegee River. Look for cars with boats on the roof.
No park entrance fee.
Max participants 6
Canoe would also be a great option. Paddle board if know your abilty to use for distance.
Our trip will be similar to this posting. I have arranged access through a private gated community which greatly shortens the necessary paddling. There is an easier and safer route for Flat Creek Falls without a slippery rock climb. Kevin Adams, of NC waterfall fame, gives Flat Creek Falls a 10 beauty rating and says Sol’s Creek Falls is one of his top 5 waterfalls in the state of NC. (NC Waterfalls 3rd ed. pg 319 & 336) They can only be easily accessed by water.
Paddle to take out for Sol’s Creek Falls. Picnic on tiny island with a rope swing. Then a paddle to take out for Flat Creek Falls. Return paddle to beach. My last visit included tiger lilies in bloom, swallowtail butterflies, kingfirshers, and herons. This is an awe-inspiring, easy day paddling on a pristine lake, especially since I have cut the paddle by more than 1/2. once we head east from Bear Lake property there is only cliff and forest with no development.
Be sure to bring hat, sunscreen, water, food, towel, bathing suit, clothes change, bug spray, food, snacks, appropriate foot wear for hiking and boating, sun glasses cord, and dry sack. Perhaps rope for tie up at pull outs. Will be circling the little island, so possible to drop any supplies (cooler) there for the day that could get wet or heavy.
This is 3 hours and 9 minutes from Charlotte. I posted it last year and had no sign ups. I am posting this in conjunction with a Charlotte Ski and Snow Board Club Trip; thus the 6 spot limit. If there are unfilled spots in either group, I will adjust the wait list one week prior.
To make the distance more accessible for people, here are possible stay options if you feel they necessary: Laurelwood Inn Cashiers http://www.laurelwoodinncashiers.com
Camping on Lake Glenville: https://www.rec.jacksonnc.org/rj-andrews-campground-information. (The campground has a large bald eagle nest right over the campsites and you could spend Sunday paddling to falls on that lake and hiking to High Falls there.)
VRBO cottages are available in Bear Lake Reserve.
Many possibilities are avaialbe in Sylva along the shortest driving route.
If drive you in through Sylva, there is 3.1 mile detour to Judaculla Rock that could be done on your own. Its just a rock in a field, but you may never be closer. I found it pretty amazing!
Please communicate to arrange car pools or roommates if you feel they are needed.