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Difficulty III-V(V+)
Length 0.3 Miles
Gauge CULLASAJA RIVER AT SR 1620 NEAR HIGHLANDS, NC
Flow Range 5.50 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 9 years ago 2.91 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/11/2008 8:12 pm

River Description


This thing starts out small, but don't be fooled. I only hiked maybe the first .5 mile and the drops just got bigger and then the bottom dropped out.

The first three drops or so are pretty clean looking slides with good recovery pools. After that they get interesting; make sure you land scout.

 

I have hiked pretty much all of Middle Creek and it is defently a Park and Huck Creek.  There are 5 slides that are defently runnable, and one more huge waterfall that someone may can run but for most of us it is not.  After this 6th rapid things get really out of hand.  The creek starts to get full of tress and rocks for a little ways after the big falls then the bottom drops out.  The first huge waterfall is the Paradise Falls in the picture then there is the Death Flume.  After that the creek just gets nastier.  The creek drops over 400 feet in a quarter of a mile as it falls off the highlands platue.  I did not see anything that looked close to being runnable plus the portage would be horrible as it is all thick rhodo.  The waterfalls are all full of huge bolders that have fallen off the mountain and it stays that way all the way untill it get flat in the valley below.  That being said.  Run the first 5 slides that are all next to 106 with a pretty good fishermen's trail besides.  Land scout before you put on to check for new wood and make sure you can get out at the eddy after the 5th slide or you will be running the last slide which drops over 70 feet.  Run it then hike back up to your car or run laps on it.

Rapid Descriptions

Side 1

Class - Mile - 0

Put in above the bridge and run a slide that drops about 8 feet.

Slide 2

Class - Mile - 0.04

Looks pretty simple drops about 10 feet.  Hole may develope at high water.

Slide 3

Class - Mile - 0.07

Run either right side or down the center.  Drops about 12-15 total.

Slide 4

Class - Mile - 0.13

Drops about 20 feet  have to go down the right side where most of water goes.  Rocky and far right wall not a place to be.  Center and Left center has vertical drop in middle that lands on rock.

Slide 5

Class - Mile - 0.18

Drops about 18 feet total.  Very clean for an 18 foot slide, but has an undercut rock at the bottom left side.  Run down the center with a little right angle if possible to avoid the undercut rock.  This would probably not be that difficult of a rapid if it were not for the what it factor.

Be aware that this is the last slide and only has a small pool before you will be running the 70 footer below.  This would be a place where you would need saftey set at bottom to make sure no-one runs the big one.

Slide 6

Class - 5.3 Mile - 0.23

If you run it you can name it.  THis is really a class 6.  It only has a line that is a maybe and if all goes perfect.  The first 30 feet of drop is really nice, but then it get nasty as the water goes into the left bank with rocks and sieves as it then drops off a 12 foot vertical onto rocks with still 10 more feet of drop left.  The whole thing looks to drop about 75 feet or so.  If you run it make sure you get a picture and on video.

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Adam Garrett
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15 years ago

Man this thing looks huge. I've heard of it being all park and huck. Any idea of what's after Death Chute?

Update: There's acutally another way to access part of Middle Creek from Otto, NC. From 441 North take Tessenee Rd and then take Middle Creek Road. It follows a rather easy looking section of Middle Creek.

Come rain there will be more info....

Gage Descriptions

The recommended min. flow is a guess based on the one time I have hiked back there after a big rain. I think the Cullasaja was around 5 or 6 feet when I was there and took pictures.

This is the gage for the Cullasaja. Both the Cullasaja and Middle Creek flow off of the Highlands plateau towards Franklin.

The putin is a large gravel pulloff on the left as you drive up from Dillard, GA immediately before NC-106 crosses the creek. There is a gauge painted on the bridge at the putin, but I don't know how ir correlates to a runnable level. This is definitely a park and huck spot. After about the fifth drop or so, the gradient gets ridiculous and it becomes unrunnable. br>
If you just want to look, there is a nice trail along the first .5 mile or so that is not too bad, then the trail goes straight down alongside a big waterfall.

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