If you really want to simulate running this creek here is a good plan. Get a a treadmill and set it to high speed. Then put some fans next to the treadmill with plastic strips glued to the blades. Finally have a friend spray icewater into the fans while you run along the treadmill and the fans slap your face. Doing this will easily simulate the treelimbs constantly slapping your face and the ice water in your eyes effect of Whiteoak creek.
The big stairstepped drop is named "Becky's" after NOC employee Becky Weiss.
If you have come this far, ya might as well just keep on going til the next bridge down....the one just below the Nantahala Cascades.
Whiteoak Falls is a great alternate 'expert put-in' for the cascades. ...different ways to run it at different levels... can definitely provide some beatdowns hence one old name for it: "The Mean Mistreater"... lines tend to look easy or painful, not much inbetween.
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