This beautiful section of river is excellent Class II paddling with several ledge and some longer gravel bar rapids. There are several batteau sluices on this section. The largest rapid on the Smith River is in this section. Eggleston Falls is a moderate Class III rapid that drops 5-6 feet overall. Eggleston Falls comes about 2 miles into the run about a quarter mile above the alternate putin at Marrowbone Creek.
1. Iron Bridge Rd(Route 704) to Union Bridge Rd at backwater of Philpott Lake, Class II-III
2. Philpot Dam to North Basset, 6.4 miles, II+
3. North Bassett to Fieldale, 8 miles, II
4. Fieldale to Doe Run, 5 miles, II
5. South Martinsville to Sports Complex, 4 miles, II
Don't know who designated the river levels, but 300 cfs (minimum run) is scrapy all the way down, whereas 800 cfs (flood state according to account) is what I consider a moderately low run. Here are my observations based on dozens of runs:
500-800= low (few play holes)
800-1200= medium (best novice/int. playboat run)
1200-2000=high (actually easier,as rapids and holes start washing out)
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Permits are not required for this reach.
Putin: 1000 Irisburg Road, Axton, VA 24054Takeout: Mitchel Road
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