Cartoogechaye, North Carolina, US
Mount Hope Church to Louisa Chapel Road
||II(III) (for normal flows)
ChillinPhoto of Daniel Reams and Doug Benton by Adam Garrett
This is a short run consisting of only a coupe rock gardens and a 4ft dam that the town of Franklin
gets it's water from. The dam has to be run, there's no sneak around it. Watch out for wood below
the dam through the rock gardens.
Pretty fun for the locals and that's about it.
From the put-in below the bridge behind Mt Hope Church you will paddle over some small ledges
(1-2ft). This is a really calm stretch good practice for beginners in eddy turning and peeling out.
The stream meanders through roderdendren and residental areas before it gets to the Macon County
From here start to be on the look out for the Franklin Water Plant on the left and the 4ft dam. The
dam as rocks put in place on the left side to divert all of the water over the dam. Get up some
speed and go a little right of center where it's the deepest. There is concrete poured below that
blows everything out so it's not like most dams. Below the dam there is a nice rock garden that
begins under the Rock Quarry bridge. Don't flip though cause it's really shallow and the rocks are
sharp. If you do flip you won't be able to roll up so just swim, much easier on your body.
There is another technical rock garden .25 miles above the take-out that's much the same as the one
at the Rock Quarry. Don't swim!
As with all small streams be on the look out for wood. There was at least one tree that crossed the
entire river, but at below 2.5ft you should be able to get under it, no problem. Also, the stream
is very shallow, and mostly sand with a few rocks scattered about, so it's pretty user friendly for
the beginner. Ie. push off the bottom if you're upside down and can't roll.
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Last Updated: 2004-06-19 17:23:23