Swannanoa - Main Bridge In Swannanoa to US Route 70 in Azalea

Swannanoa, North Carolina, US


Main Bridge In Swannanoa to US Route 70 in Azalea

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 8.6 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03451000 200 - 3000 cfs I-II 00h23m 361 cfs (running)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Carolina Whitewater, B.Benner
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-08-18 23:38:33

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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December 26 2015 (1121 days ago)
losflemings (155314)
River wide strainer a short distance below Charles D. Owen park. Easy portage on right bank through
the branches. River was at 1250 cfs. No other major obstructions all the way to the old dam at
Azalea Road.
October 16 2009 (3383 days ago)
x (1)
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.. Matt C.
April 2 2009 (3580 days ago)
x (1)
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.
June 13 2005 (4968 days ago)
New Playspot in East Asheville.... New

Forum: BoaterTalk
Date: Jun 14 2005, 3:11 GMT
From: moheinous

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