Powell, Virginia, US
1. Kent Junction to Appalachia
||II-III (for normal flows)
You can put in at the mouth of a good sized creek underneath a bridge (Roaring Fork, Dunbar
Rd). After a bout a half mile of shoals, you will drop into a beautiful mini-gorge for
around 2 miles of Class II/III water. One rapid in this section might require a quick look, when
you see the green coal loadout rising above on river right, get out on the left and have a
look. Very easy read and run. Cliffs on both sides, lots and lots of rhododendron. It was
almost like paddling through a rhododendron forest at times. Very beautiful. This section also
gathers wood from time to time and most of it is easily spotted before you get close to
it. The surprising thing about this section is there are active rails on both sides of the
river, plus a road (Old 23) up high on the right, but you'd never know it from the river.
After about 3 miles, we hit a mile of fairly flat (but moving) water, then it regained a bit of
gradient coming into Appalachia. The old stonework on the bridges and retaining walls in
Appalachia is pretty incredible, also. You can take out just after running the big drop under the
old rail bridge and carry back across to the parking lot behind the carwash. Or continue
downstream for the regular run.
Anyway, if you ever find yourself getting skunked on the Guest or Little Stoney, take a gander at
the Powell...it's not the gnar, but above 400 or so, it's a sweet float!
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