Mostly roadside. Paddle out on the Hiawassee Dries to Appalachia Powerhouse, or hike about 200 feet vertically back up the hill to the road.
The first rapid (IV+) is one of the most notable, as it has a fairly continuous lead-in, and then a manky slot on the left that you will run. With more water the pin rocks in this slot would be less of a factor, but at low water, this drop has a propensity for pins and being banged up against the close-in walls. A second drop (IV) follows soon (immediately?) after, with the right side falling off earlier onto a rock shelf, and a slab of rock extending on the left. Run middle-left on top of the slab, and expect a somewhat rocky landing.
Beware of wood. At low water, none of the wood is dangerous (there is one major jam you have to portage that sits on top of what otherwise might be a fun section of water), but at higher water, you would stand the chance to be flushed into some nasty strainers so don't pack up tight. Keep your space on this one; it's size is likely to create opportunities for riverwide strainers. This creek is relatively continuous, even at low water. There are very few larger drops but lots of continuously dropping little rapids. The continuous water of the top tends to become more pool-drop like about halfway down.
Have not run this but have scouted it several times from the road along side run .Very micro creek action.roadside all the way may long slides and boulder packed action very pristine. small needs heavy rain to be runnable ,Less than an hour from the Ocoee put-in.
Reported to be full of wood during the winter of 2001
Visual, takes a major rain event. Look for Tellico to be
high (and rising), same with Coker and Turtletown.
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