French Broad, West Fork, North Carolina, US
SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge (West Fork)
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Upstream view of the 1st slide
Upstream view of the 1st slidePhoto of Upstream view of the 1st slide by Tyler Stewart taken 12/05/02 @ -1
The West Fork is something different for those jaded by the North Fork. It has a slightly
different character, and offers the chance to go big more than once. Three times in fact, in a
This different and slightly bigger character comes with some consequences though, as this river
has taken a life, unlike it's brother. There is a dangerous pothole in the first slide, small but
significant seives in the boulder garden, and some bad lumber all through the run.
From Headwaters Outfitters at 64 and 215, go West on 64 and look for a small factory immediately
before the small bridge. Turn L into the "Shipping and Receiving" drive and park near
the picnic tables.
Turn L (West) on 64, and climb the grade. Turn R immediately past the CITGO gas station. Follow
this road (SR 1309) until it crosses the river. Park on the left or right.
You can hike down the river left bank to the first drop to get a feel for the flow. It's about a
quarter of a mile.
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Last Updated: 2009-10-29 23:52:36