Little (Fr.Broad trib) - 2. Base of Triple Falls to Hooker Falls


Little (Fr.Broad trib), North Carolina, US

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2. Base of Triple Falls to Hooker Falls

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles

big boof at hooker falls


big boof at hooker falls
Photo of Ryan DeKay by Ryan Dekay @ medium

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
DAVIDSON RIVER NEAR BREVARD, NC
usgs-03441000 1.20 - 10.00 ft III-IV 00h23m 2.13 ft (running)
FRENCH BROAD RIVER AT ROSMAN, NC
usgs-03439000 200 - 5000 cfs III-IV 00h38m 560 cfs (running)
Best boatable levels uncertain. Help us out with a comment or report.


River Description

This is a good section for those not wanting to tangle with the upper sets of falls. The rapids on this section are good creekin practice for the boater stepping up with the creek skills.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-08-05 15:37:47

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Big NutsIIIPutin Hazard Playspot
0.2Rail SlideIIIHazard Playspot
0.4SchizophreniaIVHazard
1.0Hooker FallsIVTakeout Hazard Waterfall Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Big Nuts (Class III)
Good playhole with some consequences for a blown roll.

Rail Slide (Class III, Mile 0.2)
Sliding ledge move about 60 degrees to the current.

Schizophrenia (Class IV, Mile 0.4)
Good boulder garden rapid. I like the way my buddy Ben describes this one... "more personalities than a crackhead on medicaid on a NY street corner."
That kinda describes Ben too.....
The easiest route through the rapid is starting left then heading to the middle finishing back to the right.

Hooker Falls (Class IV, Mile 1.0)

Hooker Falls

Hooker Falls
Photo of Liz Hoekwater by Joey Jarrell taken 04/26/04 @ Low

Sweet 15' falls. The horizon line is nearly invisible except for the small tree branch sticking out from the left bank just above the lip. Run on left to middle of the lip. DO NOT run this drop on the right, first off it would really suck. Second, it would cost a lot of money to have Humpty Dumpty put back together again. Best part about this drop is that it is about 1/4 mile from where you parked. Walk down and check it out.
After this, paddle over and make a few laps before the hike back to the car.


User Comments

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October 15 2009 (3114 days ago)
x (1)
All I can say is...the higher the better here. Yeehaw!!!
February 28 2009 (3343 days ago)
x (1)
From DooleyOC-1 on Boatertalk - another rain gauge consideration. Use French Broad at Rosman with
~200cfs as a good minimum, ~275cfs is a better level.
August 20 2008 (3535 days ago)
tucker deloachDetails
great run! theres a sweet 6 foot ledge if u put literaly at the base of the third drop of triple
falls. run it to the right or right center at higher water because the recirculation on the left
pulled my buddy todds kayak into the falls and he had to swim.
August 15 2005 (4635 days ago)
frank garrettDetails
When you hike up the trail don't climb the hill. Walk along the river to the base of Triple Falls
to put-in. Schitzo starts way left to right and finishes way left again. Below Schitzo there is
another small boulder garden that needs to be run far left to keep from leaving plastic on the
rocks. There is a little boof about 3/4 of the way down that can be seen fron the bridge as you
cross the river.


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Associated Projects

  • Little River Access (NC)
    AW worked with the Dupont State Forest to lift the Forest's prohibition on whitewater paddling. Boating became legal in 2002.