Clear Fork - Burnt Mill Bridge to Confluence with New River


Clear Fork, Tennessee, US

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Burnt Mill Bridge to Confluence with New River

Usual Difficulty II+(III) (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 20 fpm
Max Gradient 20 fpm

Harry Tutor running Funnel on Clear Fork


Harry Tutor running Funnel on Clear Fork
Photo of Harry Tutor by Gordon Byrd

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
CLEAR FORK NEAR ROBBINS, TN
usgs-03409500 250 - 2500 cfs II+(III) 00h53m 91.5 cfs (too low)


River Description

Clear Fork consists of mostly class II+ rapids with one class III near the end. It is frequented by boaters looking to make the Big South Fork of the Cumberland run longer.

Burnt Mill Bridge to Confluence Shuttle Information

From the takeout parking lot take John Long Road for 4.8 miles. Make a right on Airport Road for 1 mile. Turn left on Detour Road for 1 mile. Turn right across the railroad tracks. Make a right on Hwy 27. Go 6.0 miles to Old Hwy 27, which is the second right past the New River Bridge. Follow Old Hwy 27 for 1.3 miles to B&H Market and Deli. Make a right then a left at the next stop sign. Go about 2 miles to the Crossroads Church and make another right. Burnt Mill Bridge will be approximately 1 mile.


Here is a link to a Big South Fork area map. The roads mentioned above are very detailed on this map.

Camping Options

Camping options are available in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.


Additional Information
For additional information about paddling in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, checkout A Guide to Paddling in the Big South Fork.

Here is a link for all information on the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.


Contact the streamKeeper: Brandon Hughett, Knoxville, Tennessee


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-11-10 15:20:59

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0PutinPutin Photo
3.4The Flume a.k.a. The FunnelIIIPhoto
4.0Confluence TakeoutTakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Putin

Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork

Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork
Photo by Adam Garrett

Burnt Mill Bridge is a put-in on Clear Fork. A new bridge has been recently built. Parking is available at the west end of the bridge.

The Flume a.k.a. The Funnel (Class III, Mile 3.4)

Harry Tutor running Funnel on Clear Fork

Harry Tutor running Funnel on Clear Fork
Photo of Harry Tutor by Gordon Byrd

The Flume is the middle of three rapids on Clear Fork where the river channels into a 10ft wide passage. The entrance rapid is refered to as Rocky Top while the rapid after the Flume is called Broken Rib. This section is also called The Little Three. The Flume can creat a strong backwash at higher flows and can surprise you. You will be in it before you realize where you are.

Confluence Takeout
New River and Clear Fork meet at the confluence to form the Big South Fork. This is also the putin for the Big South Fork of the Cumberland. Access to the parking area is by hiking 1/4 mile uphill to the end of John Long Road.


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