Oconaluftee, North Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|OCONALUFTEE RIVER AT BIRDTOWN, NC|
|usgs-03512000||850 - 2500 cfs||II-III||01h01m||476 cfs (too low)|
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.2||Tow String Bridge||N/A|
|2.7||Mingus Mill Rapid||II|
|3.0||Job Corps Bridge||II|
|3.2||Oconaluftee Visitor's Center||N/A|
As the river approachs the road there is a fun rapid with a large boof rock in the center.
After the bridge the river turns to the southwet. From Smokemont Bridge to the the Tow String Bridge there is a road that paralles the river on rive left. US 441 is on river right. There is a fun wave and wave hold just above the bridge. There is a parking on river left, just downstream from the bridge.
The river is divided by an island. Do not take the channel to the left. It is often clogged with downed trees and the lines that are open involve boat busting rocks. Take the river right channel for a fun rapid with two offset ledges forming an elbow. Enter from the center, paddle to the right and then sharply to the left. To scout, there are eddies on the left side of the channel.
Class 2 shoals at the bridge
Take out on the eddies on river right, just below the path to the Heritage Farm