Cumberland, Big South Fork - Leatherwood Ford to Station Camp

Cumberland, Big South Fork, Tennessee, US


Leatherwood Ford to Station Camp

Usual Difficulty I-II(IV) (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03410210 500 - 5000 cfs I-II(IV) 00h21m 1120 cfs (running)

River Description

This 8 mile run is a float and paddle run with only one class IV rapid which is portagable. Canoes, kayaks, or rafts are all appropriate crafts for this run. Just keep in mind, much of this run is flat.

Camping Options
Camping can be found at the Bandy Creek Campground just a few miles to the west of Leatherwood Ford put-in.

Shuttle Directions
Complete shuttle directions can be found here.

Complete information on the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area can be found here.
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2007-04-26 22:15:06


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.0Angel FallsIVHazard

Rapid Descriptions

Angel Falls (Class IV, Mile 2.0)
This rapid is worth taking a look. Many people portage. It has claimed a few lives over the years due to an undercut rock on the left side of the channel. Don't blunder into this one.

User Comments

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June 27 2012 (2395 days ago)
Paddleup (154640)
Several fatalities at Angel Falls have actually occurred on the RIGHT side of this rapid. Two large
undercut boulders form a strainer which can trap you even at moderate flow. I believe the last two
fatalities here were due to inexperienced paddlers being caught in this strainer while seeking to
bypass the larger more intimidating rapid on the left.