Hiwassee, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||32 fpm|
|Max Gradient||70 fpm|
The stretch marked on the topo maps as the narrows has some suprisingly boily funny water.
Recent flow example
|DATE||HEADWATER ELEVATION||TURBINE DISCHARGE||TOTAL DISCHARGE||RIVER FLOW||DAY|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|-3.4||Don't put in at Hwy 68||N/A|
|1.0||Hollywood Bowl (First Rapid)||III+|
|1.5||Wu (Second Rapid )||III+|
|2.8||Long Wave Train||II+|
This goes on and on and on for about 3 miles.
The better access point.
A multi ledge rapid with any number of routes. The picture shows the bottom half of the rapid. There is a similar sized ledge in the background. After running this ledge, there is a fast run out thru a couple of holes.
This rapid is rather long with several pools and ledges.
A long western style wave train with some hidden holes. At the bottom was a 10 foot tall boulder. At this level the guys coming down in the back of the pack were able to boof off the rock. Those of us who probed it were afraid it was going to make a huge hole. With a bit more water this rock would make a huge riverwide hole.
Long cool wavetrain rapid. Big waves. Lots of surfing.
The narrows starts by punching a large hole. This is more interesting because both walls appeared to be undercut. Then you have a half mile of cliffed out swirly boiling water. Expect the unexpected. This water tried to stern squirt a Prijon Tornado a couple of times. Or just see the classic Neely cartoon of funny water.