Tye - 1. Nash (Route 56) to Tye River (US 29)

Tye, Virginia, US


1. Nash (Route 56) to Tye River (US 29)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02027000 300 - 10000 cfs III-IV 00h32m 928 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2004-09-08 21:03:15

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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February 29 2016 (811 days ago)
Scott KoehnDetails
02/27/16 ran it again this time at 450cfs, added some more padding on the rocks and made several of
the lines a little easier but not a huge difference from last weeks 380. Again very fun run but a
little more water would have been okay - thinking nutters comments below of a 550 minimum would
defiantly bring this run up a notch and pad a lot more of the nusance rocks but would also bring
several of the longer drops up a notch. In the 380-450 range I would consider it the minimum and at
that level is a solid 3+ section with boat scouting and quick maneuvers mandatory (church to
swinging bridge)
February 22 2016 (818 days ago)
Scott KoehnDetails
Ran from church down to AT swinging bridge. Level was 380 cfs and was a great intro to the tye for
my boys. Was certainly boney and hitting rocks was par for the course- it still had enough water to
make the drops exciting. I would certainly come back to the tye at this level but think that
another 100cfs would really pad the rocks a lot more and really step up the difficulty. At this
level, I would say this was a class III run with no stopping- a swim would have been long and nasty
since the river really does not stop in the first half of the run (until you go under the second
bridge- counting the one at the putin) With added water this is easily a class III-IV section and
would require a strong roll since a swim would take a long time to collect. Did not notice or have
to deal with any strainers but with a little more water would scout the first big right hand turn
(big rock slot) for debris was a lot of "giant toothpicks" in that area.
March 8 2015 (1169 days ago)
Russell BaileyDetails
Ran today for the first time from Evergreen Church to the Appalachian trail bridge. Level was just
over 300 cfs. It was low but totally boatable in C1s. I think the listed 300 cfs for a minimum is
reasonable. More would be better but it was still a fun run.
December 8 2009 (3085 days ago)
Brandon NutterDetails
Jimmy - Thanks for the update on the removal of the strainer and powerlines. Good to know that the
power company / others didn't just intend to leave them there. SYOTR
December 5 2009 (3088 days ago)
Jimmy ThomasDetails
Ran on 12-4-09 at a low level about 550 cfs down to the the AT swinging bridge. This section was
free of strainers, the tree mentioned below has been cut out and powerlines are no longer in the
creek. The fallen tree that sticks out from the river left bank where Cox's Creek comes into the
Tye has washed closer to the left bank, you still need to run river right but there is more room to
get around it.
November 15 2009 (3108 days ago)
Brandon NutterDetails
Midway through the run from Evergreen Church (NFT) to swinging bridge, there is a 20" diameter tree
that forms a riverwide strainer. The tree was freshly cut (by chainsaw) on the river right bank
where a set of powerlines crosses the river diagonally from left to right. Additionally, there are
two (hopefully de-energized) powerlines IN the river running diagonally from river left to right
just upstream of this tree. It appears that the power company recently had to replace the right
bank pole and re-run the lines, so they cut the tree and left the old powerlines in the river and
along the right bank. In the 780-720cfs range, the powerlines were out of play, but the tree was a
mandatory portage. I'd recommend portaging on river left.
November 2 2009 (3121 days ago)
Emily PowellDetails
We ran from the confluence of the N and S Forks to the swinging bridge yesterday, and there was a
BIG tree down in the river. It was about halfway through our run, at the end of one of the longest
rapids, and had fallen from the left bank into the river. This strainer almost completely river
wide, there is only one, very tight slot on the right bank through which you can paddle, and avoid
the strainer. Be very careful when running this stretch until this tree is swept away or cut out.
May 9 2009 (3298 days ago)
Brandon NutterDetails
I seems like the 300 cfs minimum might be low for this run. We ran from the Evergreen church (NFT)
down to the swinging bridge at 566 cfs and falling to 546 cfs. I'm gonna say 550 cfs would be my
personal minimum for this run.
October 4 2003 (5341 days ago)
Ryan EmanuelDetails
I agree; The Tye is very different in its upper reaches (III-IV) than after it breaks out into the
valley (I-II). Corbett's 'VA Whitewater' lists this entire river as a single reach, but most folks
do consider the upper Tye a separate run from the lower. I define the upper as Evergreen Church (on
the NF Tye) to the swinging bridge by the Appalachian Trail parking lot and trail access along Rt
56 (~3.5 mi total), although I have heard of some people defining the upper Tye as Evergreen Church
to Tyro (~6 mi total). Either way, this site should be modified to show the Tye as multiple runs.
October 3 2003 (5342 days ago)
looks like we need to break this one into shorter runs.

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