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Difficulty IV-V
Length 1.3 Miles
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Forum: BoaterTalk
Date: Jun 16 2005, 2:46 GMT
From: CopperdomeBodhi

I'm a paddling instructor at Camp Arrowhead in Tuxedo, NC this summer and that means I can't get away from work at the drop of a hat when it rains; I have classes to teach and kids to look after. Anyway, after all the rain, one of the camp's new owners asked the paddling staff (Jez Blanchard, Joel Forbes, and me) to check out the section of the creek from the camp to Green River Road since he had never seen it and was interested in using it for the paddling program. We put on and paddled (bombed down) about a half hour on the ~1.5-2 mile section. It is a technical class 3+ micro creek with low gradient that becomes a 4+ run when you factor in the strainers that make the lines much more difficult. Several times we had to duck under laurel branches that hung into the water all the way across the creek and had to portage in two places because of creekwide log jam/strainers. The scenery is beautiful. Because of the small size, several places are in a canopy of green and mossy boulders lined most of the run and there are creekside caves with water running off of them. Most of the run was tight, fun boogie water and there were very few distinguishable rapids during the continuous section (1/4 or 1/3 of the run, almost no eddies that would fit more than one boat).
Anyway, wanted to share the quick version of the trip report. I know Leland Davis used to work at Arrowhead and he may have paddled part of this. Let me know if you know any thing about this run. It doesn't run often, but when it does, it's easily worth it for the beauty.
Daniel White

Joe Creek from Dam down, October, 1994
Rock Creek from the falls to camp, Summer, 1995

Both rock creek and joe creek have been done....
Forum: BoaterTalk
Date: Jun 16 2005, 12:45 GMT
From: BAyoung
I am not sure exactly where you put in but rock creek has a monster slide similar to stairway to heaven that is upstream. It has been run on a number of occasions, probably first by leland and trip but subsequently by myself several times and others. Joe Creek is closer to arrowhead i believe and it has also been run but you have to get the owners of glenarden to cut it on. I'm sure leland can offer more details.



From Leland:  Trip Kinney and I ran this section from Rock Creek Falls down to Camp Arrowhead at maching high water on 8/10/95 after an afternoon thunderstorm dropped 4-5 inches of rain.  At those levels I found the falls to be solid V+, and the rest of the creek to be class IV.

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1197590 10/31/10 Matt Muir Added coords, length, gradient, abstract, and lynx.
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