Caney Fork, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-III (for normal flows)|
Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, B. Sehlinger and ...
Putting in at Scott's Gulf Road end we had to portage across the small island to get to deeper more open water and encountered a sharp right bend with a few rocks which might challenge beginners at this flow (1.4?). After that it was mostly staightforwards class 2 then class 1 and then some 'forested' sections that collect logs and debris so some maneuvering is required even towards the very end.
I would definitely run this again with less skilled paddlers, sit on tops, canoes but someone in the group with some class 2-3 skill should go first in the wooded areas to find the safe passage.
Lots of big open pools, tall cliffs of pocketed limestone, and huge poplars in the river.
At 1.4 there was ample current the whole way and during spring it could easily go down to 1.1 if you don't mind some rocky shoals. In summer I believe it goes underground.