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Difficulty III+(IV)
Length 2.3 Miles
Gauge SETTINGDOWN CREEK NEAR BALL GROUND, GA
Flow Range 200 - 1500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 58 minutes ago 46.3 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/02/2006 6:30 am

River Description


Settingdown Creek has all of its rapids in the first half mile below the covered bridge. The rapids consist of slides, ledges, and vertical slots. Most of the run is relatively straightforward but some boats have pinned in the narrow slots. Below the last rapid the river widens and deadfalls become common. Some local boaters carry back to the put in instead of paddling to the take out.

Setting Down Creek is a nice little run, It is pretty close to me so I like to paddle it frequently. I found that it runs the day after it rains. The day it rains it is not generally high, so wait a day before paddling it. Here is an overview of the river

Put-In - Under the covered bridge (You can not drive to the covered bridge. You have to park in the parking lot and walk to the bridge)

Take-Out - The take out is on highway 369, but I have never gone down that far. It is like 2 miles of flatwater paddling so I just take out after the last rapid and walk about a half mile up along the creek to the put-in. There is a narrow and steep path that is hard to carry your boat on if you use a big creek boat. Also the path is in people's backyard's, But I haven't had any problems with that so far.

1. Entrance Slide- About 100 feet below the covered bridge there is a 50 foot long rock slide that you generally want to run the left side.

2. The river splits and I have not run the left side but it looks like a nice rock slide, I run the right side, which is also a rock slide, the best way to go down it is right though the tongue in the center of the river but there is a strainer right below that so watch out.

3. Next is a slot where the whole river condenses into about an 8-foot wide shoot that hits a pillow rock (not undercut). Just go through straight and you should be fine.

4. Double Drop - This is the biggest rapid of the river. There is a riverwide ledge and you can boof the left side or you could go down a narrow slot on the right. In the right side there is a 5-foot drop where the water hits a rock. Then right after that there is another drop about 5 feet or so, the water is moving at a high velocity so it really isnÂt a ÂdropÂ.

5. The next and about last big rapid is a steep rock slide about 10 feet or so down at about a 75-degree angle below the horizon. Normally you just run near the center watch out for the strainer.

**There is a little side surfing hole right before the last small rapid. It is a little shallow but it is fun to ride.**

6. There are a couple smaller rapids, then the river flattens out and it is time to take out. The path back to the putin is on the river-right-side and is very steep and narrow. It also is in private property (peoples backyards).

Chris Gorman Nov. 2002

Editor's note: American Whitewater does not endorse trespassing in order to access runs or to scout drops. Paddlers who trespass, especially on posted property, may endanger access for everyone. At the very least, they must understand that they trespass at their own risk.

Rapid Descriptions

Entrance Slide

Class - III Mile - 0.01
About 100 feet below the covered bridge there is a 50 foot long rock slide that you generally want to run the left side. But you could boof the ledges in the middle of the water is high enough.

Head Banger (AKA Straight Shot)

Class - II+ Mile - 0.02
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Next is a slot where the whole river condenses into about an 8-foot wide shoot that hits a pillow rock (not undercut). Just go through straight and you should be fine. In lower water levels you want to start on the left side of the river and ride the toungue down. When the water is high it just pushes you on through.

Minton's Folly (AKA Double Drop)

Class - III+ Mile - 0.1
This is the biggest rapid of the river, there is a riverwide ledge and you can boof the left side or you could go down a narrow slot on the right. In the right side there is a 5-foot drop where the water hits a rock. Then right after that there is another drop about 5 feet or so. Basicly just paddle and don't flip over. (At extremely high flows it may need to be portaged on the Left. it makes a huge hole halfway through.)

Sticky Slide

Class - III Mile - 0.2
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This is the last big rapid, it is a steep rock slide about 10 feet or so down at about a 75-degree angle below the horizon. Normally you just run near the center watch out for the strainer. Don't run the left side, I ran it once and I got stuck in the hole for about 2 minutes it is really sticky.

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9 years ago

BOAT UNPINNED, after going back with a full set of biners and quick draws we were able to get to boat out. Just beware of this from now on, it could have been alot worse that it was. heres a video explaining what happened. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcN60cl1wRE

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10 years ago

At double drop I also had a friend get pinned upside down there, it was for about 3 secs, as soon as he pulled the boat came unpinned. but then a few runs later he got pinned rightside up same spot. there is a hole on the river right in the wall, and if you are pointed to far right in the middle of the 2nd drop then you might get pinned. Luckly when he got pinned rightside up he just pulled his skirt and walked across his boat the the island in the middle and then we had to work his to get it out of the hole. Also it is worth hiking your boat up trying to paddle to the shuttle was horrible. Tons of trees down and just a long long long flat water paddle, so i suggest just walking your boat up. This is runnable almost all of spring

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10 years ago

Please note the Map tab has the incorrect location based on the first time Settingdown Creek crosses 369. The actual location is based further west on 369 when Settingdown Creek crosses 369 the second time.

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11 years ago

The video he is talking about above is on Youtube also. When I first saw it I Thought it was a much nastier pin.

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Matt Babcock
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12 years ago

A friend of mine got pinned on the second drop of the Double Drop rapid on jan. 2, 2007. He flipped on the way down the first drop and got pinned upsidedown on the river right wall at the bottom of the second drop. Luckly, he was only pinned for about three seconds. We couldn't find his paddle, so I stuck my foot in the second drop and felt around for it. I tried to pull it up with my toes, but it shifted and wedged my foot between the paddle and a rock. It took me five minutes to get my foot out and it is still swollen two days later. The paddle was recovered and the video was uploaded to AW yesterday, but I don't know if it is viewable yet. The double drop is harder at a lower level and should be portaged if there is only water in the river right slot.

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jonathan kirby
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13 years ago

At the end of the run it goes into flat water paddling and it is no fun there are down trees every where and it just takes forever it is better to just walk back up

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jonathan kirby
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13 years ago

At the end of the run it goes into flat water paddling and it is no fun there are down trees every where and it just takes forever it is better to just walk back up

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Rick Bellows
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13 years ago

To reach the put-in, turn south from Highway 369 onto Poole's Mill Road. The turn is not far east of the Forsyth/Cherokee County line on 369.

Gage Descriptions

If you walk down to the first slide and there is only water flowing on the left channel, it is probably too low.

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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1190293 11/02/06 Chris Gorman Added Gauge