Rutherford Outdoor Coalition

Broad River Section 5 (Grays Rd to Coxe Rd)


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Length 4.8 miles

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40-50 ft wide and meandering with high banks and is mostly shaded class 1 rapids or less. Passes under one bridge at Union Road. As of May 2014 this section has one major tree obstacle about 2 thirds through the float. Trees have fallen crossing the river and have created a blockage. The tree is navigable through a narrow passage on the right side of the river. There is one rock ledge making a class 2 drop, long boats be weary. If the water is slow moving you will have plenty of time to stop and look. Portaging is easy if you can see the rock and walk over it. Overall this section is navigable, but use caution in low water.


DIRECTIONS: Grays Rd to Coxe Rd Section

FLOW/GAUGE: This section is runnable most any time with a few shallow spots possible during dry times.


PUT-IN: Grays Road River Access (520 Grays Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139) 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.

TAKE-OUT: Coxe Road River Access (2254 Coxe Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139). Underneath US 74 bridge. New access is open! Same design as Grays Rd. with parking, concrete steps, dock.

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Keep your maps in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain and know how to use them. GPS units are great, but they are not substitutes for knowing how to use a map and compass.