Davidson - 1. Forest Service Road 475-A @ Cove Creek to Low Head Dam


Davidson, North Carolina, US

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1. Forest Service Road 475-A @ Cove Creek to Low Head Dam (Upper)

Usual Difficulty III+(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 1.25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 120 fpm

Whaleback - Not enough right boat angle = hole ride


Whaleback - Not enough right boat angle = hole ride
Photo of Dave Schall by Darrell McPeake taken 09/28/02 @ >2.0 (low)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
DAVIDSON RIVER NEAR BREVARD, NC
usgs-03441000 2.00 - 6.00 ft III+(IV) 00h58m 0.92 ft (too low)


River Description

An alt. put-in .8 mile above Cove Creek where three forks come together. This adds .8 mile and 80 ft. or so of gradient.

There is a well used and maintained trail running the length of the river on the left side.

This run starts off with its largest rapid right at the start and has numerous class III rapids within this section. With its non-stop boogie and beautiful setting within the rhododendron undergrowth you'll want to do a few quick laps of this section, and with a riverside trail it is also possible to get your mountain biking fix for the week running the shuttles. But while blasting down keep in mind that wood is a frequent visitor of this stream bed.
StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2006-12-29 12:59:12

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Put-inPutin
0.1WhalesbackIVHazard Waterfall Photo
0.3Breakfast, Lunch, & DinnerIII+Photo Video
1.3Low-head DamTakeout Hazard

Rapid Descriptions

Put-in
Putin just above Cove Creek and just below a river wide tree if you are planing to run Whalesback. If you are not going to park below Cove Creek and putin just below the large rock on river left of Whalesback.

Whalesback (Class IV, Mile 0.1)

Whaleback - Not enough right boat angle = hole ride

Whaleback - Not enough right boat angle = hole ride
Photo of Dave Schall by Darrell McPeake taken 09/28/02 @ >2.0 (low)

A 7ft. drop with funky cross currents up top and a big hole at bottom backed up by an underwater undercut rock.

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (Class III+, Mile 0.3)
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Photo#11371

Photo of Bryan Dixon by Will Berkeley taken 07/08/05 @ 2.0ft

A three stage drop. The first of the three drops begins under an overhanging rock.

Low-head Dam
There is a small low head dam that doesn't pose a threat at low water but can become a mean hole at higher level. This also where you park your car and another takeout point.


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