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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 10 Miles
Flow Range 200 - 10000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 24 minutes ago 275 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/19/2020 9:30 am

River Description

-Carolina Whitewater, B.Benner
-Paddling Eastern North Carolina, Paul Ferguson

Rapid Descriptions

Cookie Monster / Old Log Flue Ledge

Class - III Mile - 0.91
A series of river-wide ledges that drop approx. 8 ft. in two stages on river right and three stages on river left. This rapid can be scouted on either side or portaged on river right.

Little Monster

Class - II Mile - 2.92


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10 years ago

There is a nice drop almost the size of Suddy Hole shortly below old Rt. 16. If one does not want to run the last 6 miles, take out at Windy Ridge Rd. and head down to Mulberry Ck just east of Wilkesboro downstream of Rt. 268 for a 1 1/4 mile run. There are two strong IIs or low IIIs depending on ones opinion. If the Reddies is really high, one can paddle the class IV section of the Middle Fork Reddies in the vicinity of Clear Branch along side old Rt. 16. Stay away in April due to trout fisherman. The gradient here is about 120 fpm and the drainage size is about 9-12 square miles. Another short but sweet run in the area is Big Bugaboo Ck. It is the size of New Hope Ck. The take out is on Rt. 268. Consider this a class IV run.

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Sean Royall
14 years ago

This tiny little river isnt much, great for a strict beginner level, although, once it reaches flood stage this river is a blast, not many big rapids, but a constant wave train.

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A Close Look at Cheoah River Fatalities

Charlie Walbridge

The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not  going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)


Nathan Anderson


Matt Muir


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