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.
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.
The gauge is located on the river's right bank about 50 yards up stream of the US 276 / US 76 bridge, just before the Pisgah Forest entrance. To get a good reading, go over the US 276 / US 76
bridge, and on the right hand side will be a good pull off. Walk up stream to the guage. Looking at it from the left river bank is hard to read, bring a
pair of binoculars.
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100 yards up from sycamore flats
Downstream of coontree, before shut in
Log jam June 2018 2.5’
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