Caney Fork, Tennessee, US
1. Clifty Bridge to Bee Creek (Caney Fork Gorge)
||III-V (for normal flows)
Lead-in rapid to Devils Kitchen (small photo)
Lead-in rapid to Devils Kitchen (small photo)Photo of Caney Fork Whitewater by Marty Montana taken 12/2002 @ 1.6
510 - 2500 cfs
Scott's Gulf Road to the Bee Creek confluence is now graded and graveled to within 200 yards
of the bottom thanks to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A great debt is owed to the
Friends of Scott's Gulf who worked to ensure that the property has been protected. 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
There are no managed hunts for deer and turkey from December 2012 through April 2013
that will impact access to the Caney Fork/Bee Creek take-out. Discussions are in progress
that would not restrict access for kayakers during managed hunts.
The Caney Fork has a little of everything from play holes to ledge drops to fun boulder garden
rapids. The put-in is at Clifty Bridge accessed off Hwy. 70 near De Rossett/Pleasant Hill
(consult your Gazetteer). The first 3/4 mile is a flatwater warm-up. After a couple of easy
rapids and past the trailer homes on river right, you come to Trailer Trash, a series of two very
friendly wave holes that can be surfed until you are whopped or disoriented. Several Class IIIs
follow that lead up to the top of Devil's Kitchen (Class V) where a distinct horizon line is
a warning. See the description of Devil's Kitchen below. Scout and carry on river left.
Immediately below Devil's Kitchen is a rock/boulder garden that we call Junk Yard (Lots of
broken ledges, small bolders, and assorted collected debris). It loves to hang logs so pay
attention. A consistent line that usually works is to start left side and keep working all the
way left in the first part and then work from left to center to make the last drop in the
There are a number of Class III-IV ledges and boulder garden rapids that continue through a
stretch that includes the beautiful Copper Cascades tributary that comes in from river right.
Below Copper Cascades you will encounter a tighter more boulder garden section that has several
nice Class III-IV rapids. After this you will reach the first lengthy pool. This is just over
half way down the run. There is a trail that can be accessed at the end of this pool near a side
stream. Follow the Polly's Branch Trail up and out of the gorge to access the Scott's
Gulf Road or the Eastland Road.
The river continues with numerous boulder gardens and ledge drops. After about 8 miles you will
reach a tighter gorge with large polished boulders on the banks and in the stream. This section
has several fun rapids with a bigger water feel. The last big rapid is Eye of the Needle. The
main flow is in the center through a slot between boulders and then over a ledge drop angling
back to the left. Following this rapid move all the way across to river left and run the rock
garden below. A large pool signals the junction with Bee Creek. The take-out is on river right
just below the Bee Creek junction.
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Last Updated: 2013-01-19 02:56:57