Fun little creek in Athens. Starts off with a few small ledges. When you see a steel bridge the gradient picks up, dropping about 30 feet in the next 0.3 miles. After about 100 yards of shoals in this section, there is a horizon line. This is a double slide drop. Scout from river left. River left is on private property so act accordingly. Main line is river right though there are other good lines at higher flows.
The double drop is followed by a long flat section. Below the confluence with McNutts Creek, which comes in from the left, get ready to scout a dam that can be anywhere from 1 foot to 8 feet high. The dam can create a powerful low-head hydraulic. 2 boys fell in here and drowned in the hydraulic in the summer of 2018. There is an easy portage on river right. The dam is runnable but should be only done so with rescue gear set in position. Running this dam is not worth the risk unless you can comprehend how dangerous it is and are able to dissect where to run it.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
Put in at Daniels Bridge Road. There is room to park a couple of cars on river right, downstream side of the bridge. Cross the road to the upstream side of the bridge and walk to the creek on river right. This may be private property so act accordingly.
Takeout is after the dam, river right under the Macon Hwy bridge. Walk up to the road on a paved drainage ditch downstream of the bridge. It seems to be OK to park in the Mama's Boy parking lot.
Link to shuttle route on Google Maps
on Barber Creek @Daniels Bridge to Macon Hwy
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