Clear Fork, Tennessee, US
2. Brewster Bridge to Burnt Mill Bridge
||II+ (varies with level)
Adam Garrett @ Swimmers
Adam Garrett @ SwimmersPhoto of Adam Garrett by Brandon Garrett taken 07/15/03 @ 100 cfs apx.
This run starts off with under Brewster's Bridge. There's ample parking at the put in and good
The first few miles are pretty calm. You will travel through a narrow sandstone gorge before the
action picks up. At mile 4 the first rapid of significance will appear. Look for a large over
hanging rock on river right. This is Decapition Rock. At lower flows the river forces you to go
under the overhang, but at flows above 1500cfs the river is to high to pass under the overhang.
This forces you to boof over the big rock in the middle of the river. Scouting is best on river
right. If you have to boof this drop, be aware that the hole at the bottom will be very sticky.
At levels over 1500cfs I would classify this as a III.
There are a few more small rapids before the confluence with Whiteoak Creek, which comes in on
the right. (There is some beautiful scenery up Whiteoak Gorge, making it a fine run, if you don't
mind the flatwater paddle-in). Not far down stream there will be a long flatwater section and a
sandy beach area on the right with a rope swing. You are now less than 3 miles from the take out.
After the beach there are some faster sections of water.
The next rapid of significance is Swimmers Rapid about 0.7 miles downstream. This is a small
ledge that has a large "flipping rock" in the middle. Best run from right to left to
avoid the rock. At higher levels this becomes a riverwide hole. There is a large recovery pool at
About 1 mile past Swimmers, there are two campsites on river left. If you look closely you will
see trails leading to the river from the campsites. After the campsites there are a few short
rock gardens before the long flatwater paddle to the take out. Beware at lower levels as the
flatwater section can be dangerous on river right. There have been numerous drownings on these
sections. This is not a problem if you stay in your boat and don't get out to swim.
The take-out is on the left before the bridge.
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Last Updated: 2011-05-14 10:30:22