This section of Floyds Fork is located within a 20 minute drive of downtown Louisville and provides four easy, developed public access sites within 3,700 acre Parklands of Floyds Fork, one of the nation's newest large urban park systems. Majority of this stream section is accessible via the Louisville Loop paved pathway. Kentucky Fish & Wildlife stocks this section with catchable trout during the winter and early spring months.
Access Points and Reaches:
North Beckley to Creekside Paddling Access - 2.0 miles. 2.0 mile bike shuttle option available. Class I with light riffles under I-64. Low water conditions require careful navigation along steep cut streambanks. Creekside Paddling access is on river right directly downstream of the new Gheens Lodge meeting facility.
Creekside Paddling Access to Fisherville Paddling Access - 4.7 miles in length. More remote setting, sections parallel the largest walnut plantation east of the Mississippi. Approximately 1.0 mile into the float you will encounter a blown out low head dam that used to be the water supply for an old distillery. A small surf wave can be found here when the creek is between 300 and 600 cfs. Approximately 3/4 mile downstream Long Run creek enters on river left. This is the creek where Abraham Lincoln's grandfather was killed in the Long Run Massacre. Pay careful attention when going under the railroad trestle at mile three as debris tends to pile up here after storm events.
Fisherville Paddling Access to Cane Run Temporary Paddling Access - 4.3 miles. Pay attention to a braided channel immediately downstream of Fisherville access. Some paddlers skip this access and use a beach found at the entry to Pope Lick Park in order to avoid the braids. A series of small surf waves are found at mile four during flows around 300-800 cfs. Take out can be tough to find as the sign often gets blown out during high flows. Look for the second large tributary that enters on river left - go upstream 50 yards to an old ford that serves as the take-out. Parking is available at this site. In the summer look for gar sunning themselves in the longer pools.
For more information on this section, including maps of the access sites, visit http://theparklands.org/canoeing-and-paddling-along-floyds-fork/
Generally, this section is floatable with current down to about 50 cfs. Below this, it can be floated, but expect a good number of shallows to pull your boat across and over. The creek leaves its banks around 5,000 cfs. Access steps and ramps become inaccessible at this level as well.
Permits are not required for this reach.
North Beckley Access - enter Parklands (15800 Shlebyville Road) directly across from Valhalla GC. Continue .5 miles into the park taking a right down to paddling access site. Restrooms/changing site at trailhead at park entry.
Creekside Paddling Access - enter park as above, continue through park, underneath I-64, then around the Egg Lawn to the Creekside Center. Road to Access is located between Gheens Lodge and playground. Restrooms/water/changing rooms at playground. PNC Education Center has maps and is staffed 10 AM - 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday with rangers.
Fisherville Paddling Access - from Creekside Paddling Access take Egg Lawn road to Beckley Station access. Take left onto Beckley Station Road continuing up and over Wibble Hill. Take a left on English Station Road, continue three miles to intersection with Taylorsville Road. Continue straight over Taylorsville Road - take a right on Old Taylorsville Road - paddling access is on your left in about 3/4 mile. No restroom facilities or water.
Cane Run Paddling Access - from Fisherville access go left on old Taylorsville Road to Old Routt Road. Go right on Old Routt to intersection with Taylorsville Road. Go right, taking first right at light, then first right after cross over the creek. Take second right onto Routt Road Road - follow about 3/4 mile taking the second right which will be Thurman Road - follow that about two miles to intersection with Echo Trail. Take a right on Echo Trail - paddling access will be on your right in about 1.2 mile at sign. Primitive access site now until the permanent amenities are open (projected for 2015).
Winter on the Fork
Cocktail Party on the Fork
Typical Summer Flow
Upstream from Creekside Access
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