Dunlap Creek - Jolley Road to Piney River

Dunlap Creek, Tennessee, US


Jolley Road to Piney River

Usual Difficulty III-IV (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 130 fpm
Max Gradient 220 fpm

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Last Updated: 2010-09-23 19:30:54

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User Comments

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April 16 2018 (94 days ago)
mjackson8 (156896)
Ran this 4/15/2018 with Zach Peterson and Jack Henderson. Piney was at ~6.5ft. First off, there are
a ton of trees. Both the vertical and horizontal kind. The first mile or so is pretty placid, with
some log portages and occasional Class 1-2 as you go through a narrow river in what basically feels
like a rainforest. Tons of large waterfalls cascade in throughout the run and it's pretty
beautiful. The river is tiny at the put-in, and eventually leads to a portage around a road/bridge.
Shortly after this, the gradient picks up and is pretty continuous all the way to the confluence
with Soak Creek. Lots of drops around blind corners, heads-up boating for wood and keeping eddies
in sight. This section reminds me a bit of Lower Big Creek or maybe Thunderhead Prong. Class 3+/4
boulder garden type stuff. Super fun and has a remote feel to it. Water quality was pretty sub-par;
burns your eyes a little bit. The ride out on Soak Creek is great if Dunlap and the other feeders
have good flow; reminded me of a steeper Middle Cheoah. I believe 2+ inches of rain hit Spring City
in just over 12 hours. We had a good level and it maintained steady throughout the run. Overall it
was actually really fun and had a bit of an adventurous feel to it. Just watch for wood. - Matt J.

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