Nolichucky River – Class II, III, IV: Passing through remote wilderness, the Nolichucky combines the best of both for adventure and nature lovers. The free-flowing river runs strongest in the spring, traveling through a remote gorge on the full-day paddle. Challenge the Nolichucky’s signature rapid, “Quarter Mile,” a Class IV series of seven drops laced with boulders and hydraulics. At high water, the rapid is among the biggest ridden commercially on the East Coast. After three miles of consistent Class IV rapids, the remaining six miles settles into a pattern of Class II and III drops that keep energy high as paddlers pass through the pristine canyon.