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Difficulty V+
Length 0.75 Miles
Flow Range 1.20 - 5.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 21 minutes ago 1.73 [FT] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 10/29/2009 11:56 pm

River Description

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Just because it's been run, doesn't mean it's runnable!
This is a series of five waterfalls that are in the class 6 range. Four of them have been run: the three drops of Triple Falls and Hooker Falls. To date no one has run the top drop, High Falls.

For More info check out: DuPont State Forest Official site.

If you don't want to mess with the big drops on this section you can paddle from the Base of Triple Falls to Hooker Falls

Rapid Descriptions

High Falls

Class - 5.3 Mile - 0
Really a class 6 slide. Has been run

Drop one

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.5
First Drop: Run on left, an autoboof, but don't boof to hard or you might hurt that back
Second Drop: Drive to the right and don't try to hard to get that nose up. Its another hard landing.

Drop Two

Class - 5.0 Mile - 0.6

Left Line: just drive to the left and bounce, bounce, splash. It is a very real posibility that you could be in for a hard, green water landing if you pull off a big boof so try to drop the knees.

Middle Line: Just start 2 ft to the right of the rooster tail up top and drop down make sure you catch the eddy on the bottom so you don't mistakenly fall over the third drop. You can also go about over to 10 ft to the right of the rooster tail and still be fine, just make sure you dont hit the big rooster tail at the bottom.

Drop Three

Class - 5.1 Mile - 0.7


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Bryce James Kinsey
2 years ago

High falls has now been run by Ryan Mcavoy and Michael Ferraro on April 15th,2018 both successfully!

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Dave Schall
18 years ago

Lots more pictures at:

Gage Descriptions

Visual. You probably want to look before you huck anyway.

Directions Description

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No Accident Reports



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A Close Look at Cheoah River Fatalities

Charlie Walbridge

The recent death of Chris Clark at Python Rapid on North Carolina's Cheoah River is the third at this site in the last six years. In each case, the person who died was an expert paddler and their paddling partners did not see exactly what happened. Let's take a close look at the Cheoah below Bear Creek Falls and develop strategies for future runs. The river here is very fast and continuous. After a fast lead-in (Chaos), the river drops over Bear Creek Falls, a 12' drop. Below, most of the flow pushes toward the river right channel (Python). Ferrying over to the easier river left channel (the West Prong) requires careful boat control. Python itself contains several nasty holes and sieves, with a bad hole blocked by a boulder at the bottom. There is a good route through it, but paddlers need to plan their route carefully. Scouting is a good idea for first timers, although catching eddies and getting out is not  going to be easy. Groups need to stay together.. The rapid is tough enough that you can't watch your buddy all the time, but you can be ready to help if needed. Click through for links to the accident reports, photos, and comments from expert Cheoah River paddlers. (Photo above by Boyd Ruppelt)




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1196384 10/29/09 Jeff Paine Updated wording in copy minorly