Chauga, South Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||40 fpm|
|Max Gradient||150 fpm|
A little more flatwater leads into another gorge. The next couple of miles are the steepest on the river. There is some great boogie water, some big rapids, and some good ledge drops.
The named drops in this section include Black Hole, Zoom Floom, and Edge of the World. Edge of
the World is worth a good scout. The rapid features a big undercut on the bottom left, and a
large tree running lengthwise thru the rapid. This drop always has wood in it, but can usually be
The next four rapids are pretty good. The first one was a riverwide hole with a break on the right. Then a big s-turn type drop. Next was a big slide. Then finally a big low head damn looking drop. Then some more flatwater.
Eventually you come to a smaller second gorge. There were 4 more good rapids in that gorge.
Then there is a bunch more flatwater, possibly two miles worth. And after the stuff you just ran its going to feel like the current has come to a complete halt. But then there will be another increase in gradient. There will be two or three good rapids followed by Riley-Moore Falls. The falls is about a fifteen footer. Water levels will dictate where to run the falls. The falls is at one of the widest points of the river, hence the shallowest on the approach. Look for at least 6 inches on the gauge for the falls to be running. After the falls its about a mile and half to the takeout.
There is an option of a short take-out above the falls, but it takes 4 wheel drive and locked
hubs to get down to the river. In my opinion, if the river is at a good level its easier to use
the standard takeout. And if the river is at a good level, Riley Moore Falls is runnable. Why
miss out on a perfectly good waterfall??
Updated August 2003
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.7||First Slide - Right line||IV|
|1.2||Super Soc Em Dog||IV|
|2.9||Second Gorge Slide||III|
|3.9||Edge of the World||IV+|
|8.0||Riley Moore Falls||IV+|