Information on East Fork of the White R.
Rating: II *
Location: Madison County. Take Hwy 16 south from Durham, go approx.
three miles, then the highway will curve to the left and go
uphill. At top of the hill will be a gravel road to the left.
The road is easy to recognize because it cuts through an
exposed layer of red clay. Follow the road to the take-out
(should be obvious). The turn for the put-in is approximately
1.75 miles down (South) of the highway from the turn-off for
the take-out. Cross over one bridge, go up a hill then across
another drainage then take the first left on a gravel road.
The road is marked by a stop sign. Follow it to a bridge
which is the put-in.
Topo Quad(s): Durham
Gradient: less than 20 fpm
Length: 1.75 mi.
Season: FALL, SPRING
Gauge: No real gauge, but the Mulberry should be relatively high
(> 4.5 ft.) for a good run.
Hazards: Some strainers, bad hydraulics at high water levels
Description: For some reason not many paddlers are aware of this run,
probably because there are many more challenging runs up when
this one is optimal. However it is a great afternoon float
for paddlers near Fayetteville due to the short shuttle and
the large watershed above the run which maintains a floatable
level for up to a week after a good rain. It is a good
training run for beginners, offering several chances to
practice eddy hopping and ferrying. When the river
begins to turn to the left and a tributary enters on the
right, the river channel begins to narrow signaling the
proximity of Flat Rock Rapid. This rapid begins as a chute
flowing over a ledge that creates some nice surfing waves,
then it opens up and flows over sandstone bedrock creating
mucho surfing waves. At the bottom of the rapid the bedrock
ends and creates more waves and turbulence. The short pool
just past the trough is great for recovery. There is a short
class II- rapid just below Flat Rock Rapid, which,
unfortunately, signals the end of the run. Paddle through a
long pool to the take-out. Thanks to Steve Robertson for
information on this run.
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