Elk - A) Route 1326 to Route 1305 (above Big Falls)

Elk, North Carolina, US


A) Route 1326 to Route 1305 (above Big Falls) (Roadside Elk (along Hwy.194))

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 8.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 130 fpm
Max Gradient 210 fpm

Roadside Elk

Roadside Elk
Photo of Brad Roberts by Shayne Day taken April 2000

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03479000 400 - 1000 cfs IV-V 00h18m 104 cfs (too low)

River Description

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 for!

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 ugly.

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-04 17:41:03

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