Rocky (Cape Fear trib), North Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||21 fpm|
|Max Gradient||30 fpm|
|ROCKY R AT US 64 NEAR SILER CITY, NC|
|usgs-02101726||200 - 1000 cfs||I-III||00h23m||49 cfs (too low)|
Data from Joe Greiner, local expert
Additions by Garrick Taylor - half baked paddler
Great alternative when the Lower Haw is too high. Lots of Class II rapids with some flatwater in-between. Some nice play spots to have fun. It is a narrow river so watch out for wood. The is a good squirt line a couple of miles in where a rock protrudes into the river from river left. There is an old stone wall back in the woods on river left at this spot.
More Class I-II rapids follow with some flatwater thrown in between.
Section of Class III about mid-way into the run. The river drops over an old 4-5' stone mill dam. This is followed by 100 yards or so of Class II water as the river bends to the right. This is followed a 3-4' ledge that forms a nice sized hole at high water. Following this is another 3-4' ledge with another hole. This is followed by a wave train that has a couple of 4-5' waves at high water.
A large eddy follows this where you can pick up the pieces or paddle back up to just below the bottom ledge to run the wave train again or to practice some surfing.
After this the river has a bit of flat water followed by more Class I-II rapids mixed with flatwater.
Class II rapids begin again and run for several hundred yards just before reaching the takeout at the NC 902 bridge.
Trip took 2 1/2 hours at 1-1.5 feet on the paddlers' gage.