Local "park-n-huck" novelty spot when there's LOTS of water around. This is probably the steepest individual drop in the Triangle.
Directions: Going South (West) on 85 take exit 170. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Pleasant Green Rd. About a ½ mile down on the left is the Pleasant Green Access to the Eno R.
Put-in/Take-out: It enters the Eno R. about 75 yds above the Pleasant Green Dam. To run Stone's Creek, you park at the Pleasant Green access parking lot (on Pleasant Green Rd.), and walk up the trail next to the fence about 100 yds. Put-in below the small dam under the bridge (watch out for the hydraulic), enjoy the next 3 minutes of fun, and take out on the Eno, on river right, before you go over the dam. Repeat as desired.
I suggested the name "Joe Deppe Falls" for the main drop after a local paddler and State Park Ranger. But I have been informed that it has been known as "420 Falls" due to other activities which tend to occur nearby.
Sunshine is only about 20 feet of downriver travel, and probably 40 feet of total distance from start to finish, but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve it's V+ rating. This is only one drop, but the bedrock is nasty, there is piton potential,and (with enough water to run it) there is a little bit of lead-in to be negotiated. While one might argue that it only deserves a IV, it certainly isn't a III, no matter how short it is. Of course all of this does seem like a lot of description for something which is really only a nearby novelty and not a real run.
I can't believe that made it onto AW. I ran that back when I was in highschool in Durham around 96 and I was told that it had been previously run before that. From the pictures it looks like you guys caught it with more water, but with the exception of some sharp rocks (i'm pretty sure the channel was blasted out to make drainage for the pond) I dunno about the IV+ rating, its only 30 ft of whitewater. I guess if you're in the triangle its worth checking out but it needs a good bit of rain. The spot was a hang out for highschoolers and known as 420 Falls when I was around.
Basically, if it's pouring down rain, and the Flat, Little and Eno are high, go check it out.
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