New Playspot in East Asheville.... New
Date: Jun 14 2005, 3:11 GMT
I know i'm not the first to surf it but at today's level on the Swannanoa (about 800 on the boating beta guage) a nice breaking wave hole forms at a small rapid at Owen Park. Seemed decent for cartwheels and some fast back and forth surfing(blunts?) but i'm not much of a playboater to really feel it out. A small clean wave was surfable in the washout just behind the hole.At higher water it even gets bigger and it always has nice eddy service. It's probably not worth skipping a high level on the Ledges but for folks in the Swannanoa/East Asheville area it makes a nice afterwork park and play spot. Warren Wilson students could walk to it.
Directions: Interstate 40 east to Exit 55. Follow signs to Warren Wilson College. Go Past the College to the Owen Factory and turn r at the far end of the plant. Go behind the plant to the park. Walk to the backside of the lake and upstream to where Beetree Creek enters the Swannanoa.
The Playhole/ wave is no longer there. Some streambank restoration work that wzas donein the area has changed the streamflow in the area and has killed the White Thrash hole. I've been out several times to look with appropriate water levels (800 cfs+) and unfotunately the hole/wave no longer forms..
Great park and huck on the North Fork of the Swannanoa. Slide with two boofs about 20 feet long. Only runs when the reservoir is releasing. From old 70 head north on North Fork road bearing left. Drop is under bridge. Stay left on the main slide as there is a hidden piton rock on the right. Hole is not bad at the bottom. The students at Warren Wilson College just down the road call this drop "after school special" look for releases after rain when they draw down the resivior, the gauge is useless because it is too far down stream.
3 years ago
by Ben Fleming
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