Beautiful trip with little noticeable development and largely tree lined banks. No navigation trouble spots though there are a large number of downed trees to maneuver around. A channel is open as of fall of 2013 after ROC volunteer crew took chain saw to five areas. Pass under Hwy. 108 bridge at about mile 5.5. Trip time is 4 hours at normal water levels.
DIRECTIONS: River Rd to Grays Rd.
This section is runnable most any time, with a few shallow spots possible during dry times. This can be a tricky section due to downed trees. Water flow is typically slow enough to safely maneuver around obstacles.
PUT-IN: No official or public take-out here, though the property owners there are OK with limited paddler use on the left bank before the bridge. Please park only near bridge on Thompson Lake Road. Do not park in field farther down Thompson Lake Rd. The bridge here has been replaced and is now reopened. The informal access is directly under the bridge. It is a significant improvement over the previous informal access.
TAKE-OUT: Rutherford County's first official public access! Gravel parking, concrete steps to the river with rails to ride boat down and an articulating dock. Very nice! Managed by NC Wildlife Resources.
Hopefully you won’t ever need to use it, but what happens if the batteries in your GPS are dead?