There's a long, hellish, murky, dead flatwater stretch at the beginning that seems to last forever. Down toward the confluence with the Clear Fork--sometimes called the Meeting of the Waters--there's a beautiful gorge section where sandstone cliffs come all the way down to the water. The scenery alone makes it well worth doing.
I've only run this once, at about 1,000 cfs on the Clear Fork near Robbins gauge. At that level, I would rate the long slide rapid at the beginning of the gorge section class III. It's a very substantial drop, and the section that follows is extremely consticted. I would think that very high water levels could push this area up to class IV and perhaps beyond.
4/5/17 1000cfs, G and Eli OC1, josh ducky, ct yak. hiked in on white oak trail from horshoe bend road and hike out at confluence. about 3.5 miles on the river, good way to skip all the flat water at the top. lots of class 2+ rapids and amazing overhanging bluffs.
From Hwy 52 to Clear Fork River, it is 6 miles. From the confluence at Clear Fork to Burnt Mill Bridge, it's approximately 5.5 miles.
I prefer to run this when the BSF at Leatherwood is 3200 cfs. At that level, the slide is Class III and from there down it is a fun canyon to run. After the confluence with Clear Fork River, the water moves fast and there are a few good Class II rapids.
Yes the flat paddle to the canyon is very long, but the canyon makes up for the flat paddle in.
Charlie Wilkerson, TSRA
Ran this on 4/27/2010. Clear Fork at Robbins was reading 450cfs. There was plenty of water on White Oak Creek to run it. The most beautiful class II run I know of...probably the most beautiful run on the Cumberland Plateau.
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