French Broad, Tennessee, US
Del Rio to Bridgeport Market
||I-III (for normal flows)
Dynamite Ledge aka "The Falls"
Dynamite Ledge aka "The Falls"Photo by Forrest Easterly taken 05/28/16 @ a good level
This is a very good beginner / intermediate run. The first obstacle that you will encounter is a
two to four foot ledge depending on the water level. This ledge can be portaged on river right.
If you plan to run the ledge I highly recommend that you scout it. Watch out for the hydraulic at
higher water levels. I usually run it on river right.
The next three to four miles have a couple of small ledges and some nice rapids.
The best rapid on the run is the Milky Way. The river narrows down in this area, and although it
looks like you can get through on river right you can't. It is 75 to 100 yards of three to
four foot waves. The most fun way to run it is right through the middle. Watch out for rocks on
river left at the end of the rapid!
There are a couple of other rapids but they are class II-II+ (some are easy class III at
The takeout is located under the lowermost Hwy 25/70 bridge in Cocke County. It is public
access with room for maybe 5-7 vehicles. There is a gravel/paved ramp for access directly
under the bridge on river right. The put-in is located on the gravel road that leads to the
French Broad Outpost Ranch (dude ranch). It is before the ranch, and there is a small sandy
beach and a gravel parking lot for 7-8 vehicles. There is usually someone there fishing or
horseback riding nearby. Both access locations mentioned here are public access.
The coordinates are just a close guess.
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Last Updated: 2016-07-20 15:22:46