Rocky Broad - 2. Lower, Along Route 64/74 to Lake Lure at Chimney Rock

Rocky Broad, North Carolina, US


2. Lower, Along Route 64/74 to Lake Lure at Chimney Rock

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 3.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 132 fpm
Max Gradient 200 fpm

(RM) Redneck Falls

(RM) Redneck Falls
Photo by Rob Maxwell @ 4.1

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Broad River at highway 9 near Chimney Rock
noaa-llbn7 2.87 - 5.00 ft IV-V 09h18m ~ 2.57 ft (too low)

River Description

Leland Davis put together a video walkthrough of a good portion of the rapids on this run.

The run is composed of continuous boulder drops and runs thru downtown Chimney Rock, NC. The takeout is a small park on river left. It's clearly visible from the road after driving through the center of Chimney Rock. It has multiple dirt parking spots for vehicles and good river access.

Be on the look out when paddling this section as several rapids have some kind of undercut or sieve and wood will often lodge in various rapids.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-12-09 21:03:57


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0PutinN/APutin Photo
0.1First SlideN/A
0.2Apple Orchard SlideN/APhoto
0.3Banana HammockN/A
0.4Pocket HoleN/A
0.5The Boulder AlleyN/A
0.7Walker Falls5.1Hazard
0.8The HeinN/A
1.0Sieve CityN/APhoto
1.1Rumbling Bald RapidN/A
1.2TakeoutN/ATakeout Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Putin (Class N/A)

(RM) Put-In Parking

(RM) Put-In Parking
Photo by Rob Maxwell @ 4.1

First Slide (Class N/A, Mile 0.1)

Start center, heading left at the bottom of the slide.

Apple Orchard Slide (Class N/A, Mile 0.2)

David Long @ The Slide

David Long @ The Slide
Photo by Royce Cowan taken 09/25/09

Formerly known as "Roostertail Slide"

Used to have a large rooster tail feature on it before being removed in a flood.

Banana Hammock (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

Go left, sieves to the right.

Redneck (Class N/A, Mile 0.7)

Lead in Rapid to Redneck

Lead in Rapid to Redneck
Photo of Lower Rocky Broad by Mike Lewis taken 12/27/04 @ 3.44

Walker Falls (Class 5.1, Mile 0.7)

Ugly sieve pile. Portage river right and seal launch in off of the top of the large rock. Site of a fatality. Has seen some descents.

A-Frame (Class N/A, Mile 0.9)

A-Frame Rapid

A-Frame Rapid
Photo taken 12/02/09

Sieve City (Class N/A, Mile 1.0)

David Long @ Alice In Wonderland

David Long @ Alice In Wonderland
Photo by Royce Cowan taken 09/25/09

Also sometimes called "Alice in Woderland"

Takeout (Class N/A, Mile 1.2)

Rocky Broad Takeout

Rocky Broad Takeout
Photo taken 12/02/09

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