Elk, North Carolina, US
A) Route 1326 to Route 1305 (above Big Falls) (Roadside Elk (along Hwy.194))
||IV-V (for normal flows)
Roadside ElkPhoto of Brad Roberts by Shayne Day taken April 2000
WATAUGA RIVER NEAR SUGAR GROVE, NC
400 - 1000 cfs
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Carolina Whitewater, B.Benner
This is a fun one. Lots of good boat scoutable boogie water. Some good slides. A couple of large
vertical drops. At one point in the first two miles the river completely disappears under a bunch
of large boulders. The easy portage is river left (river right is someone's backyard). There are
some undercuts and sieves to be avoided. This is a run that short creek boats were designed
There is an option of doing a short run from SR 1326 to the NC Hwy 194 Bridge. This gives you the
top three miles of roadside water and a very easy shuttle.
Bradley - 2001
Don't miss the take-out. Just downstream lies Big Falls. Inadvertently running it could be way
From Elk Park:
Take-Out: In downtown Elk Park look for the signs to Big Falls and follow them. Take Little Elk
Creek Road (SR 1305) to the river. First bridge over water you come to is the take-out.
Put-in: From Elk Park take Hwy 19 south to NC 194. Eventually you will cross the Elk. From there
continue on to SR 1326. It will be a small turnoff on the right. Its easy to miss.
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Last Updated: 2015-08-04 17:41:03