Watauga, North Carolina, US
4. US Route 321 Bridge to Guy's Ford (Section Three)
||II(IV) (for normal flows)
This is a reliable class two run within about 20 minutes of Boone. It can be run pretty low, but
most don't bother below 250cfs. The section has good variety - ledges, a slot move, a few
surfing waves, shoals, etc.
Be aware of a "mandatory" portage 1/4 mile into the run called the Clog. After the
first set of shoals and rapids, where the Laurel Fork joins the river from the left, the river
pools up above the Clog. This is a difficult class V rapid that terminates in a narrow slot that
feeds a huge undercut rock that is stuffed with debris such as plywood, logs, etc. Portage the
whole thing on the right. Take out as far down as you can go before the rapid begins to minimize
walking on private property. There is an old road at the top of the bank. We need to be EXTRA
LOW-PROFILE as there are rumors of property owners not being happy about boaters in or near their
Everything else is boat-scoutable.
Note: There is a good surfing wave just below Guy's Ford Bridge where you can get in a little
more river at the end of the run.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2014-03-10 16:00:02