A great short run to combine with the Big Branch, or if you are just passing. It's a short series of slides and small drops. It is over pretty fast, but is well worth it at least once. Take out before the bridge in Danby (not Rte. 7). Put in up where it doesn't look any more fun. To find the run, heading south into Danby, take a right (you would have taken a left for the Big Branch). Then take the next right, then left (passing over the river) This is the take out.
Lat/longitude coordinates are a rough SWAG. There's a bridge downstream of the listed takeout; you may want to takeout there. (Scout and explore!)
7 years ago
by Mark Lacroix
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