Wilson Creek - B) Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign

Wilson Creek, North Carolina, US


B) Route 1328 Bridge to National Forest sign (Wilson Creek above the Gorge)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02140991 750 - 5000 cfs II-III 00h21m 708 cfs (too low)

River Description

Put-in is above the gorge, where 1328 bridge crosses the river.
Take-out is the parking lot used for the gorge put-in, or wherever the rapids start to get scary.

The entire run is roadside and can be car scouted.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 20:28:04


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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September 18 2004 (5239 days ago)
frank garrettDetails
this is an awsome run at 900 cfm!!! It's draggy below 350.
September 18 2004 (5239 days ago)
frank garrettDetails
I love this section of the creek! I put in about 100 yards south of Hwy 90 and Brown Mtn Beach Rd
intersection where the river turns left away from the road. I pull out at the top of the gorge.
It's easy to recognize the pullout by the stone chimney that is located on a small beach just
before you reach the take out. There is also a noticable change in the river as the banks start to
turn into rock walls rather than grassy hills.

It is easiest to stay to the right of all the islands/forks you come to since the left side tends
to be more shallow. All the rapids are easily scouted as there are pools that form at the tops to
allow bankside access for viewing. There are only 3 that need to be looked at before you run them
because the approach is blind. The first is called "Lunch Stop". You will make a straight
run/drop under a bridge to a large pool. You will be able to see the top of the rapid and watch it
disappear to the left. The water is pushed down the rapid and piles into a slightly undercut rock
directly in front of you. Once you run the chanel and hit the small drop at the bottom you will
need to paddle hard left to pull out of the current in order not to be pushed up against the

The second rapid of challenge is marked by a very large boulder sticking straight up that looks
like a spade. You will hear this rapid before you get to close to pull out and scout. The best
eddie is on the right side up against the boulders. You will also see a path on the right that
leads up to the road. This rapid is a solid class III that is a vertical drop of about 4 feet. If
the water isn't flowing straight over the top between the spade boulder and the chanel on the
right...think twice. I have seen boats get stuck in the right chanel. The water at the bottom of
the drop in center is about 6 feet deep and clean at the base. On the right there is a large pillow
that hides, waiting to flip you.

The last rapid is also a boulder garden that has a tricky far left entrance into a shoot that
angles back to the right. There is a good sized pillow at the base so a quick left turn is

Watch out for fishermen and there lines. There are lot's of em'.