This natural section of the Piney River is a beginner/intermediate paradise and has fantastic access from the Cumberland Trail State Park. With ample parking you can hike, paddle, fish, and picnic in the park. Starting at the confluence of Piney River and Soak Creek there are 4 rapids that offer up great variety and opportunity to refine ones skills: everything from lots of eddies, ferries, and attainment moves to multiple places to surf and a big pool to practice your roll. This section shines the brightest when the flows are too low to run Piney River proper or Soak Creek, making this a fun and doable section especially at winter/spring time base flows (most of the winter). Much of this washes out at high flows.
All of this section is adjacent to the Piney River Management Area of the Cumberland State Scenic Trail (name reference from Google maps). You can walk your boat (75 yards) through the park upstream to the confluence, paddle the four rapids, then get out on river right in the big pool and follow the trail back to the picnic area and your car.
These features are fun at winter base flows, below the normal runnable range for the Piney or Soak. See the photo of the gage for a decent approximation of minimum fun flows.
Note that this area can serve as an acces area for runs on Soak Creek, and Piney Creek.
This rapid is the longest and shallowest. There are tons of eddies, and multiple routes to choose to navigate this class 2+ rapid. There is a fun attainment next to a pillow rock at the end of this rapid. This eddy line below the pillow rock offers a good spot for stern squirts.
This little ledge offers ideal boof practice. With multiple options for ways to run the ledge you can try the smear boof on the right, the water boof in the middle, or sneak it to the left.
Great surfing in 2 different features. The first wave/hole is the bigger of the 2 and has quick eddy access on river right. At lower flows it offers up spins to the left and the right. The second wave is well suited to introducing surfing to new people; it has big eddy access and a pool right below it. This big pool is great for working on your roll or swimming. Look for the Take Out trail on the top river right of the pool.
This tight chute has an intimidating looking overhanging rock (the decapitator) at the top right, most of the water pushes around it not under it. The wave train created by the chute is perfect for practicing quick peel outs and eddy turns, and with eddies on both sides of the current it is great for surf ferries.
550–1398 Shut in Gap Rd
Piney Park And Play
Put In And Take Out
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