Technically still the Broad River on all the maps but well known as the "Rocky Broad". The second down to Hwy. 64 is known as the Upper Rocky Broad.
The highlight of the URB 4 good back to back waterfalls in the upper stretch. These are followed by a tree filled boulder garden, then a fast multi-level drop called Flight Simulator, then two slides, then lots of good boulder gardens and boogie water. The last notable rapid before the takeout is a slide around a very nastily undercut boulder that tends to collect a bit of wood. Be aware of trees and strainers on any part of this run, and please post new strainers below using our comments section.
Leland Davis wrote a nice story about the Rocky Broad that honored the memory of the late Pablo Perez -- A Rite of Friendship. This article appeared in the July/August '98 issue of American Whitewater. That incident, which involved a blind drop and a hidden log took the life of one the SE's top paddlers. You can read the AWA Safety Report about that incident.
Levels are determined largely by the amount of rain that hits the top of the watershed, which is between Fairview and Black Mountain, NC. This rugged area, just over the ridge from much of Asheville's hyper-development has thus far stayed largely rural, and responds well to rain, often holding for a solid day at decent levels after a winter rain storm hits the headwaters.
Fortunately for paddlers, that rain is measured by the Automated Flood Warning System, which has rain gauges and a river gauge on the Rocky Broad here. Check the Bat Cave river gauge #1917 for the river level.
AFWS has both a rain and stream gauge located on the Broad River at the intersection of Hwy 64 and Hwy 9 in Bat Cave. The stream gauge does not correlate exactly to the physical paddlers gauge, but as more and more paddlers use this online gauge we are starting to get some correlations. AFWS 3.9 is a scrapy minimum on the Lower. 4.5 is starting to develop push on the Lower. Meanwhile, 5.0 is considered a nice medium level on the upper and 4.6 is probably getting pretty bare.
We are still collecting data points, so please report both USGS visual paddlers gauge data and AFWS data and your impressions of the run in the comments section below.
as of 5/28/2009 all wood is easily avoidable...from the river you can see on the river left bank at the second drop, a tree is barely handing on by the roots...may be a concern after another hard rain...watch for wood and a few hidden pin/sieves...other than that..this run is a total classic run...look @ the bridge gauge to be between 4.1/5 ft...Jwall
Still being worked out.... New
Re: New Trees in Rocky Broad.... by moheinous Jul 09 2003, 12:15 GMT New
Re: What's the minimum Level? by
The AWFS site is very unreliable, but recently it's been showing a flow @ Bat Cave. I ran the lower with a too low flow yesterday at 4.1 AWFS online reading, I would guess about 4.5 would be a good minimum. This number dosen't coorespond with the USGS bridge guage(not online) at Bat Cave(1st bridge over the lower). The bridge guage said 3.6, so I would quess about 4.0 for that guage
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As of December 2013, a new gauge has been added to the Rocky Broad River: Broad River at highway 9 near Chimney Rock. However, correlations between this new gauge and the old gauge(s) are unclear.
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Rocky Broad Boof
Air Time on Rocky Broad
1st Falls on RB
Eric below the 2nd waterfall
Rocky Broad first waterfall
Eric on the First Falls
Will dropping in on the Gnarr
Chilling below Guido
Below the Falls
Banging off the 3rd ledge
2nd and 3rd Falls on the Rocky Broad
Crux of the last rapid
Dropping in the final hole
Flirting with the undercut
Bob on the second slide
second slide below the falls
4th Fall- Rocky Broad - Will
4th Fall - Rocky Broad
The 3 waterfalls - Rocky Broad
Last big one - Rocky Broad
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