Tye - 1. Nash to Massies Mill

Tye, Virginia, US


1. Nash to Massies Mill (Upper Tye)

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 8.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 56 fpm
Max Gradient 86 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-02027000 250 - 10000 cfs III-IV 01h11m 908 cfs (running)
Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

The Upper Tye is a classic Virginia whitewater stream. At most flows this is a class III-III+ stream. As with most mountain streams, the difficulty rating increases with more flow, with the usual consideration of fallen trees or logs in the river.

The usual put-in is at the Evergreen church on North Fork Road (Rt. 687). Please be respecful of the church and of locals in the area. Do not change in public view. Do not drink at the put-in. And, please, do not park in the church parking lot on Sunday mornings.

Using this put-in, you will actually start paddling on the North Fork of the Tye for a 200 yards or so, then enter the Upper Tye proper.

The short take-out after the first 3 miles parking is located on the south side of Rt. 56 adjacent to the swinging bridge where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Tye River. The Long take-out is at the Tye River Park in Massies Mill, VA.  See the map and coordinates on this webpage.

Optional access points:

1. Tyro: (Roughly 3 miles down from Nash) - Appalachian Trail swinging bridge - See the map and coordinates on this webpage..


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-07-01 22:22:26

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

Users can submit comments.
October 4 2003 (5552 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 (5553 days ago)
looks like we need to break this one into shorter runs.

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