Soak Creek, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
Soak Creek is a scenic class III stream that can be run by itself but is more typically accessed via the much more challenging Stinging Fork or Little Piney Creek beginning at Piney Falls, Grandview TN. Soak is a remote and fun stream with good water quality, limited access, and the towering cliff bands and side waterfalls that define the streams of the Plateau. The Cumberland Trail parallels the river at times and a mix of state and private land border the stream. Soak Creek is Tennessee's newest state Scenic River thanks to efforts of landowners and supportive organizations (including American Whitewater).
At low flows expect lots of busy Class II and III- rapids with a couple technical solid Class III rapids. There are also a few really nice play waves for spins etc. At higher flows when Stinging Fork or Little Piney Creek are optimum, many rapids on Soak Creek reportedly wash out and make for a simpler descent.