Davidson - 2. FS Rd. 475, 2nd pull off to Sycamore Flats

Davidson, North Carolina, US


2. FS Rd. 475, 2nd pull off to Sycamore Flats (Lower Davidson)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 22 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03441000 1.50 - 7.50 ft I-II 01h11m 3.24 ft (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

This river is very rain dependent. It takes a good overnight rain storm to get it just up to runnable levels, but will drop about as quick as it rises. An overnight torrental ultimate unreal thunder storm will really get this river moving. At levels around 3.0-3.5 feet, it gets pumping really good. Lots of class II stuff at this level, a few surfing wave's will develop along the way, and lots of moving boogie water.

Directions to Put-in:

From Brevard: Take US 276 along the Davidson River north past the ranger station for 3 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Road 475, which takes you to the fish hatchery. We found the best place to put in is the 2nd overlook / pulloff on the left, the one with the "Roadside Camping Only" sign. There is a nice sandy beach right there with easy access to the river.

Directions to Take-out:

From Brevard: Take US 276 along the Davidson River. Go maybe a mile or so, and you will see a sign for Sycamore Flats on the left. There is plenty of parking, picnic tables, and bathrooms. River runs along the back side of the park.

You can add on about another mile of river running if you take-out around the US 276 / US 76 Bridge before entering the National Forest.


As always be on the lookout for trees. Stay on the main path of the river or just about any path on the river's right bank. If you take some left passages, be prepared to get stuck on rocks, and even portage around trees at minimum level. Even at higher water levels, I'd stay on the rivers main path.

If running under 1.5 feet, about half way into the run, there is a large tree crossing the entire river's path. You may need to portage if you can't hop your boat over it. The tree will disapear at higher water levels. The tree's top edge at 1.5 feet is right around the same height as the river level and may not be obvious.

Just past half way, and past the hazard above, you will come to a giganic tree clog. There is a tight squeeze on it's left, and some quick manuvering there after to get around some big rocks. At water levels around 1.5 feet, the right side of the river is somewhat runable around the clog, will be a bumpy ride due to being shallow and rocky, but at higher water levels no problems persists on the right side of the river and is the recomened path. You can scout this clog from roadside. It's about 2.5 miles upstream from the take-out.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-06-14 10:19:10

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 11 2018 (157 days ago)
Supjosh (160032)
Trip report: I put in at the confluence of looking glass creek at the bridge. I ran the rive 3
times on 3 separate days with the levels 3'-2'. I took out at sycamore flats. The run is a nice
mostly chill float with some wave trains and a few holes. The lower the water the more dodging
rocks and the less boogie water. In my opinion the lowest level I would run it is 2'. I was
scraping whenever the river splits, like at coontree. Any lower and you would be hiking the boat.
There are 2 major trees across the river as of June 2018. One requires ducking under a tree on
river right. (Might not be possible at +3') this is in between coontree and shut in pulloffs. The
next is just before the takeout. 100 yards up stream of sycamore flats. This is river wide. You
will go over it at 2.5 and up. Pictures of both are on this site. I also paddled a Jackson sup so
my experience might feel a lot different with a kayak.
June 3 2018 (165 days ago)
Supjosh (160032)
Video of the log jam. Picture shows location. You would be fine with some boat skills but a good
bit of water passes through the logs creating some pull. https://youtu.be/Ul7g2-3OgSk

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