Pine Creek - to Center Hill Reservior

Pine Creek, Tennessee, US


to Center Hill Reservior (Cow Pie Creek)

Usual Difficulty III-IV+(V) (for normal flows)
Length 1.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 70 fpm
Max Gradient 190 fpm

Cow Pie Falls, big water- Pine Creek TN

Cow Pie Falls, big water- Pine Creek TN
Photo of Pat Keller by Clay Wright taken 3/2002 @ very high

River Description

Pine Creek - drains into the Center Hill Resevoir just south of Smithville.

Put in: From Smithville, 3-4 mi on hwy 56 South then L on Keltonburg RD (288) to L on Big Rock Rd.
From RI: follow 287 north pass the park and R on 288, follow several (7?) miles to R on Big Rock RdTo R on Pine Falls Rd, bear left at fork to dead end. Cross fence on foot and find falls down hill.
Take Out. Back out to Big Rock Rd, R and cross creek, check level, R on Four Season's rd. 2-3 mi look for small rd veering off to rt in front of trailer. Bear rt. down hill at gate.
Kinda rugged, but not bad to top of big steep down-hill. I park here and walk up the steep section.
This road will be the first real road you see on left when paddling out.

Pine Creek Falls - 30' with roll-off.
Need LOTS of water for soft landing but sweet even when flooding
(unlike the rest of the creek).

3 slidey class III-IV (V) cascades follow and the walls narrow down into tight-walled canyon.
At low flow, walk back up and out for a 'no shuttle' day!
(Make sure scout the walk- up before you drop into the last rapid, L-R ferry required and vert walls below here)

Below this nozzle and mini-ampitheater, the rapids mellow to class 2 but vertical canyon walls stay constricted for 1/2 mi. Scenic place.
1/2 mi lake paddle to dirt road on L with a steep 200 yd hill.

Perfect "rained all day while we surfed Rock Island" kinda run.
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Last Updated: 2003-11-15 00:52:14


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User Comments

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March 26 2009 (2926 days ago)
clay wrightDetails
Middle of Falls fell in! We ran mostly right and a few mid left at 1' and had one bottom-hit off
the left side. Fence and house being built near falls, so put in at Big Rock Rd bridge (scrapey
under 6'') and be courteous of campers at Falls. The last rapid 'Ampitheater' packs a stiff hole at
the bottom that is not portagable at this level. The first boater through can set safety below on
river left for the hole. I would go in higher next time, but with caution ready to hike back up to
the falls.
December 4 2006 (3769 days ago)
clay wrightDetails
New ownership! Fence and house being built near falls, so put in at gauge bridge (scrapey under
6'') and be courteous of campers at Falls.
March 7 2004 (4771 days ago)
clay wrightDetails
To take-out:
1.5 miles past bridge take a Right
2.5 mi down that turn Right on Prater
bear right down dirt road at gate, follow to top of steeps - park and check road quality to lake

Falls - consider 6" minimum, but has been run down to 0" (scrapey, not soft).

Perhaps 1' max for the gorge run.
November 28 2002 (5236 days ago)
Elevation at the bridge is about 860. Lake is about 650. 1.5 miles.

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