Mountain River Guides | This Is The Nolichucky part 1 – ‘The Headwaters’
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This Is The Nolichucky part 1 – ‘The Headwaters’

This Is The Nolichucky part 1 – ‘The Headwaters’

Rafting the Nolichucky is an incredible experience. We’ve had the opportunity to guide tens of thousands people through one of the steepest, most rugged canyons east of the Mississippi and time and time again our clients are blown away. That’s partially why we are so excited to be working on our new short film, ‘This Is The Nolichucky’!


Any movie about a river has to touch on where it originates. ‘Where does the Nolichucky start?’. We get this question a lot from our clients who raft the Nolichucky so we decided to ask PhD, Geosciences (Virginia Tech), Phil Prince where the Nolichucky begins and about the geology of the river in general. Before we share Phil’s interview and the answer on the source of the Nolichucky we wanted to see where our readers thought the river orginated. What do you think?

Where is the origin of the Nolichucky?

  • Mount Mitchell (57%, 31 Votes)
  • Roan Mountain (28%, 15 Votes)
  • Sugar Mountain (15%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 54

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…and the answer is – Sugar Mountain near Newland, N.C.!  While Mount Mitchell is the highest point of the watershed it isn’t technically the headwaters.  The source of the Nolichucky is the high country on the continental divide where the fingers of the North Toe extend all the way to the edge of the Linville River watershed.  In fact it is believed that at one time the Linville flowed into the Nolichucky before it was ‘captured’ by the Catawba watershed.  Listen to Phil Prince discuss the uniqueness of the Nolichucky watershed.