Big Creek, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||90 fpm|
Big Creek watershed flows north from the Big Frog wilderness to the headwaters of Parksville Lake
just above the private boater takeout for the Ocoee. The run remains in a remote gorge with
The action starts about a half mile into the run. The first horizon line will signify a slot rapid on river left. Around half way through the trip rapids of difficulty will become more frequent. Scouting may be necessery at a few blind drops. One rapid is a 10ft ledge off the left side into a big pool. The right line drops off into a nasty boulder sieve. Once you come to rebar and an old dam, the gradient picks up again droping around 50 ft in a few hundred yards creating some nice drops to end the run.
As with all small watersheds watch out for wood on this one.
Here is a video of all the major rapids: