1.5 mile hike to put-in. AFWS Current Rainfall Data for Caldwell County.
Gauge 1835, Edgemont, is at the take-out for this section.
Upper Wilson actually starts above US-221 on Grandfather Mountain. Seldomly (if ever) run it is just a pile of boulders all the way down to the confluence with Little Wilson. From Little Wilson down to the traditional put-in for Upper Wilson (on the trail out of Gragg, NC) are several more portages and lots of wood. If you are the adventurous type then run Little Wilson from FR192 down to Wilson creek and run Upper Wilson down to Edgemont, NC
QjfUrP qjmicwsepxet, [url=http://svzhrrnopedu.com/]svzhrrnopedu[/url], [link=http://tdzmphurayuv.com/]tdzmphurayuv[/link], http://yonkumfxsntj.com/
Since no one else has put any comments regarding the actual run, I will. This baby is way fun at high water. Shortly after you put in, the action picks up and is fairly continuous. If you decide to take out at Roseboro Rd., be aware that you will have portage several bridges.
Finding the trailhead for Upper Wilson is now much easier. There is a street sign that says Wilson Creek Trail at the trailhead. It has been cleared out and improved somewhat. I am not sure about the status of parking in that little race off FR 45.
These pictures are from the gorge, way downstream.
wrong gauge on this run
Finding the trailhead to get to the put in is much easier said than done. The traihead is right in the "suburb" of Gragg, but it is not one of the "streets" with houses. It is a gated road, but this is misleading since the gate is just out of sight of the main road. There is a trout fishing sign by the gate. Hope this helps.
Management plan outlining the direction intended to protect and enhance Wilson Creek’s values and protect its free-flowing condition.
Tell us about this gauge by leaving a comment.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
If someone gets hurt on a river, or you read about a whitewater-related injury, please report it to
American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
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)
Last fall a proposal surfaced to build 250 homes on a 650 acre tract of land along North Carolina's Wild and Scenic Wilson Creek. Public support for protection of the land contributed to a withdrawal of the development proposal and negotiations between a land trust and the owner. This week, it was announced that the land will be purchased by the Foothills Conservancy and transfered to public ownership!
Log into the American Whitewater website and you can contribute to river descriptions,
flow and access tips, and maps associated with runs you've done. You can even add new
runs to the inventory!