Green - 3. Lower, Fishtop Access to Big Rock Access

Green, North Carolina, US


3. Lower, Fishtop Access to Big Rock Access (Lower Green)

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles

River Description

This is a very good river for all types of paddlers especially beginners. Most rapids are easy to navigate and will have slow spots or pools at the end to gather lost equipment in the event of a swim. This river also plays host to many types of tubers, there are two tubing places along this section of river.

Directions to Put-In:

From Asheville / Hendersonville Area: Take I-26 going towards Saluda. Stay on I-26 and go down the mountain into the Green River Gourge and get off at exit 59. When you come to the stop sign, make a left hand turn and go under the I-26 bridge, then drive past the on-ramp to go back towards Hendersonville, and make the very next left onto Green River Cove Rd. This is a windy road that will switch back on itself for 3 miles and drop you about 900 feet into the gourge. After going the 3 miles down into the gourge, Fishtop Access will be the first very large gravel area on your left, can't miss it. Park and then follow the obvious trail down to the rivers pool area. This is the place most people put in at, and this is where The Narrows paddlers take out at.

Directions to Take-Out:

From Fishtop Access: Exit the parking lot by making a left onto Green River Cove Rd. Travel 6 miles to another large gravel parking lot on your left, this is Big Rock Take-Out. This is the main place most people will take out at, and the last accessable place to the river before it runs into Lake Adger further down the mountain. There are several other road side places that you can takeout at including the next most popular one at the second bridge crossing over the river, about 4.5 miles from Fishtop Access.

Optional Put-In / Take-Out's: There are many other roadside areas that you can park at for different put-in and take-out combinations. Watch out for No Tresspassing and Private Property Signs and use what looks to be public pull off's to park at if you decide to put-in or take-out somewhere other than the designated access points of Fishtop and Big Rock parking areas.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-03-20 17:58:35

Rapid Descriptions

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July 15 2013 (2017 days ago)
lebri101 (155719)
7/14/13 lower Green River- on the left channel heading downstream at Little Corky near the end,
there is a downed tree trunk across most of the river with only about 10 feet open near the far
bank at river left to sneak by. Better to go down the channel on the right of the island there.
It's been there about a week so far it seems.
May 20 2012 (2438 days ago)
x (1)
2007- 08-12...paddled the river the day after the area had recieved 10" (according to the tube
rental) of rain the night before. It was big for this section, it was my second time on this river
but my first in a whitewater kayak! Although my adrenaline was pummping I felt very comfortable and
had a lot of fun...excellent training grounds or waters!
May 20 2012 (2438 days ago)
ery31953 (153817)
Several new trees down on the lower green. there is a large tree down across the river left channel
before corky #2. there is a small opening through in swift current but would recommend the right
channel on this rapid.
May 13 2012 (2445 days ago)
YetisAreReal (154436)
Figured I would put this out there for those that care. There are two changes to the wood blockages
on the lower. The large tree before superman rock has shifted and now faces down river. River right
is now wide open and friendly at high water. Left side is runnable as well just little tighter.
There is now a small tree in the left channel of the island before the big tree. At higher flows it
presents no issue but could snag a boat at lower summer time water levels.
March 23 2012 (2496 days ago)
willshepherdson (154175)
We were going to put in at the Fishtop access yesterday (3/22/12) and a fisherman there warned
about a river wide tree trunk between Fishtop and the first bridge. You apparently can't see the
trunk from the road, though you can apparently portage around it. We successfully put in at the
first bridge and it was clear from there to the take out.
March 20 2011 (2865 days ago)
dark sideDetails
This is a nice run for beginners with a bit of a challenge. Very little flat water and quite a few
class twos plus a few class 2 + at decent flow.
August 26 2009 (3436 days ago)
achelena (150889)
Comment to Foster's description. At Little Corkys you have two islands and three routes. The far
left is unrunable, the middle has a narrow channel but gets you to the biggest waves, the far right
is safe and less exciting.
March 9 2009 (3606 days ago)
x (1)
Those are nice pictures of the narrows but id like to see some pictures of the actual reach.
August 13 2006 (4544 days ago)
John HolmesDetails
6 of us paddled today and had too much fun. First white water for all of us and it was a great
beginner river. 2.5 hours of small rapids with just enough time in between to laugh about
approaches and rocks that attacked us. Parking lots for putin and takeout were nice. We went early
and missed all of the tubers that do the middle section. Rope swing half way down was also cool.
December 23 2005 (4777 days ago)
Foster LanderDetails
Here are the main rapids on this river:
Jacobs Ladder- a long s-turn like rapid but not much of a challenge
Big Corky- Very straight forward. Approach it from the right and stay right all the way down. Only
thing to avoid is the big rock in the middle at the very bottom of the rapid. Eddy out river left
at the bottom (after the rock). There is a beach at the bottom left that has "no
trespassing" signs- the owner of this property is very grumpy.
A good surf spot we just call Surfers Rapid- basically just a riverwide ledge with a nice hole at
the bottom.
Little Corky- This is the last rapid, right below Surfer's and just above the takeout. Run the
right side of the island. Stay in the middle of the channel. Ends in a short, broken ledge.