South Fork Mills River - Pink Beds to Turkey Creek.

South Fork Mills River, North Carolina, US


Pink Beds to Turkey Creek.

Usual Difficulty II-III(IV) (for normal flows)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03446000 450 - 1500 cfs II-III(IV) 00h27m 332 cfs (too low)

River Description

From a couple of facebook posts.

Christopher Peek Hiked and fished it a bunch but never paddled it. All class 1-2 except high falls. Would be a half mile hike out at turkey pen or another 4 or so mile float to a road. Know a few guys that have paddled it but haven't caught it myself

  • Christopher Peek Ya 15 ft is about right. It's just called high falls. You can drive right to rivers edge to put in at pinkbeds. Be a nice wilderness float. Trail alongside river most of the way.
    Patrick Elliott Pink beds to turkey pen is mostly class one two, with a few 3/4 in there at high water . There is a 30 foot waterfall in there that is a mandatory portage. Long run.


Mark Miller I did it a few years back. I would call it mostly class two with a couple III and one IV. The falls is after the the biggest rapid. It is not a fast shuttle or a fast run. Prepare to be on the water for 3 to 4 hours. Scout your take out, there are many bridges you will go under and they all look the same. I'm not sure what the level was but the davidson wasnt running and the north fork was low.

Keith Sprinkle Beautiful. Not hard but long, saw not one person in 14 miles when we did it in the spring. I highly recommend it for a wilderness experience even though the whitewater is mostly real easy. Go with good flow.

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Last Updated: 2015-02-11 11:33:35

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User Comments

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June 13 2016 (709 days ago)
Thestallion7909 (158316)
About to try this with the next big rain. It looks way to low to run right now. I don't know if
people hike in a mile or so or just put in at the little camp site / parking lot. Some body please
tell me more about this run

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