Rocky Broad, North Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||132 fpm|
|Max Gradient||200 fpm|
|Broad River at highway 9 near Chimney Rock|
|noaa-llbn7||2.87 - 5.00 ft||IV-V||08h16m||~ 2.9 ft (running)|
|Roughly running 2.88 = 3.6 ft on the bridge gauge This is downstream of the bridge gauge, add about 0.7 ft to this gauge to get an approximate paddler's gauge|
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.2||Apple Orchard Slide||N/A|
|0.5||The Boulder Alley||N/A|
|1.1||Rumbling Bald Rapid||N/A|
Start center, heading left at the bottom of the slide.
Formerly known as "Roostertail Slide"
Used to have a large rooster tail feature on it before being removed in a flood.
Go left, sieves to the right.
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.
Also sometimes called "Alice in Woderland"