Bee Creek - Taft Center or County Bridge at Glade Creek to Caney Fork

Bee Creek, Tennessee, US


Taft Center or County Bridge at Glade Creek to Caney Fork

Usual Difficulty III-V (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles

Looking downstream from 1st

Looking downstream from 1st
Photo of Mike Fund by Mark Hammock taken 1998 @ medium

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Caney Fork
virtual-6555 500 - 2500 cfs III-V 00h54m 98.5 cfs (too low)

River Description

This is a beautiful river with many cliffs that remind me of the great Russel Fork. It has the classic emerald green water that the plateau is famous for and enough vertical to keep life interesting. Bee tends to runs a little longer than the Caney Fork because it is steeper and channels very well. This run is harder than the Caney Fork and I venture to say harder than Cane Creek (Fall Creek Falls). Bring your Boof stroke and boat control on this one. Some of the most consistent rapids on the plateau once in the gorge. This run often gets overlooked because of the lack of beta and shuttle length. DO NOT WRITE THIS RUN OFF. Hopefully my updated shuttle situation will shed some light on this place so more boaters can experience this great run as I did.

If you use the Bee Creek putin you have a 1-1.5 miles of flat water before you get to the dam. Walk the dam on river left and there is a graded road on the left to the river bank at the bottom. Once you put in below the dam the rapids start. there is a 5 foot ledge, then an awesome class 4 slide. there are a few more smaller rapids untill a class 4 that is right at the confluence of Glade creek. After Glade comes in on the left there are several class 2 and 3 rapids for 3-4 miles. If you were paying attention you will have noticed a building and no tresspassing signs on river left after the 3-4 miles of the class 2-3. Very shortly after the buildings and signs the gorge will start. You will start to see horizon lines and rock jumbles. Several of these rapids are boat scoutable, but when in doubt, GET OUT AND SCOUT!!!!. As with any run in the southeast with lots of gradient there are several sieves and undercuts. After the gorge you have maybe one mile of class 2-3 until you get to the Caney Fork / takeout.

Take-out is at Caney Fork confluence. On the shuttle you have to pick the lesser of two evils. One option is to have a long drive to HWY 285 ( also called Glade Creek Rd, or Lonewood Rd) to put in on the bridge where the road passes over Glade creek. The other option is to put in on Bee Creek where it crosses Nelson Ln. The Bee Creek putin option cuts 30-40 minutes off the shuttle, but you have to paddle some flat water until you get to a dam. Once you get past the dam the rapids start. I would much rather spend time in a kayak than the car so the flat water paddle option is the one I choose. Scott's Gulf Road to the Bee Creek confluence is now graded and graveled to the bottom thanks to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Some cars may not be able to drive all the way to the bottom, but should be able to make it 85-90% of the way.

Additional information on the Caney Fork River take-out at Bee Creek, the Scott's Gulf Road access, and the Firestone-Bridgestone Centennial Wilderness can be found at Scott's Gulf.

Please check the dates of managed hunts for deer (Nov-Jan) and turkey (April) that may impact access to the Caney Fork/Bee Creek take-out. Discussions are in progress that would not restrict access for kayakers during managed hunts. To my knowledge kayaking is alowed even in deer hunts ( I have been going here for three years and never have been told otherwise)



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Last Updated: 2013-03-19 04:14:45


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)

Rapid Descriptions


Bee Creek Gauge

Bee Creek Gauge
Photo of Bee Creek Gauge by Chuck Estes taken 03/22/09


User Comments

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December 31 2015 (1476 days ago)
clay wrightDetails
Bee is a big step up in creekiness from Caney Fork but can be run just as often. Watch out for
sieves as there are some BIG ones! Kirk Eddleman showed me a cool trick that makes Bee much more
accessible. For a 90 min walk from the confluence you can run all the rapids with no shuttle!
Paddle the flat water up Bee from the Caney Fork confluence to a more open area, going straight up
hill look for pink tape marking a trail which cuts off a curve of the river and leads to a big
pool. Paddle that pool upstream to the end and you will see an old road on river left. Follow that
old road to Rose Cave and past it - upstream and slightly up hill for about 1 mile before it peaks
out, then it's another mile flat then downhill to 2 white boundary signs. This is the very top of
the best gradient! Follow Pink Tape to scramble down to the river and SCOUT this first series of
drops as well as several downstream. Like Richland, this is not an eddy-hop / boat-scouting run
until you know it well - you will be scouting a lot! This run has some big boots and slots and a
lot of bang for the buck as most of the gradient of Caney Fork is condensed into this short
stretch. Enjoy!
April 5 2005 (5033 days ago)
Robert MaxwellDetails
Ran Bee Creek when the Bee Creek gage was 0" and Caney Fork gage was 1.85. The level was
slightly above medium. I would paddle this from -6" to +6" on the Bee Creek gage. (but
thats just a guess, since this was my first time on the run)

The shuttle took 1 hour 15 minutes one way, with 20 minutes spent just driving out on Scotts Gulf
Road. A 4WD isn't necessary but highly recommended. If you have a 2WD you MUST have good clerance
AND a bit of skill to drive through 2 or 3 really rutted spots.

If you navigate using Delorme Gazetteer, I have a big warning for you. On Page 40, D-4, right on
the White and Cumberland County line is a road named Rogers Creek Road. It looks like a great
shuttle road, however, its really an old logging road. It is too muddy for 2wd and too slow to even
bother with if you have 4WD. Go another way and avoid this long slow bumpy road and having to pull
your 2WD friend out of the mud twice before giving up and backtracking to a real road....or
something like that.
May 14 2003 (5725 days ago)
Mark HammockDetails
My team put in on Glade Creek. Asides from the 2 hr (both ways) shuttle, this is a schweet run.
Class 3 for 4 miles. Wide, spread out. Then the action picks up.It has a little over a mile of
Class 3+, 4, 4+ rapids back to back. Makes the section a Class 5, IMHO.

After that, a smooth out, just before the Caney Fork confluence.

I'm not sure of the level, but I know I did the Spring City Piney the day before @ 3 ft, and this
creek was running at a medium-low range.