The creek has 2 speeds: Class II or Class V+. Follow a small feeder creek down from Hwy 16. Might be able to slide down a portion of this creek if enough water, but beware of the main creek if there is.
Once reaching the main creek, elevation 1530 msl, it starts of as fast class II-III for 0.4 miles. Once the first large boulders appear in the creekbed it transitions into a 0.6 mile long Class V-V+ cascade. The individual drops are piled on top of the next and most have a significant sieve or pin hazard to beware of.
Once the Class V ends, it is back to Class II for the remaining 0.3 miles until Walnut Creek, then 3.5 more miles of Class II to the take-out bridge.
Put-in: Park at a pull-off on the North side of Hwy 16 (1.6 miles West of the Nail store and water tower) (35.841374, -93.306446). This .25 mile section of Hwy is only section with National Forest Land access to the creek without crossing private property. Carry across the road to the South and follow the small drainage .75 miles down to the main creek.
Take-out: From the Nail Store, take CR 7510 and turn left on CR 7520 to South to CR 7549, turn right then left on and park at the CR 7540 and park near the bridge at Walnut Creek.
Park Here to carry down to creek
Entrance drop to the gorge. River right boulder is severely undercut
Narrow slot with pin potential
Two step entry options followed by 4 steps.
Tight slot entrance to a waterfall over a boulder
Main flow to the right falls into sieves. Left side boof into boat sized landing zone.
Gradient eases a tad as the mank increases.
10-foot boof ledge
Slot drop into sieves/holes
Finish the gorge with a little more mank.
Confluence with Walnut Creek.
Look for 2" or more rain at Nail within the last 6-12 hours. Also look for the Buffalo at Boxley gauge to be > 6.0 ft.
You can drive down to Sandy Springs Hollow to check the water level in it. If Sandy Springs has enough, Possum Trot should have enough.
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