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THE LOCUST FORK RIVER

WARNING: THESE PAGES ARE BASED ON A BOOK THAT IS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OLD. THE RIVER CHANGES. BRIDGES CHANGE. ROADS CHANGE. OUR HOPE IS TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AS WE LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGES.

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OVERVIEW SECTION 1 SECTION 2 SECTION 3 SECTION 4 SECTION 5 SECTION 6 SECTION 7

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SECTION 2

OVERALL DROP: 9.8'  

DIFFICULTY: 2

HAZARDS: ONE 5 FOOT WATERFLL, TWO CLASS 2 RAPIDS.

A MESSAGE FROM THE BLOUNT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
"ALL DEATHS ON THE RIVER INVOLVED PEOPLE WITH NO LIFEJACKET.


SECTION 2 LENGTH: 10.2 miles

PUT-IN: Five Points Road (dirt). (see map below).

The put-in is easy dirt shelving into the river and only about a 25 foot carry to the water.   Park on the side of the main road, but get off of it as far as you can.


This is a pretty stretch of the Locust and forms a prelude to the "whitewater" of Section 3 by gradually leading you from shallows to shoals to harder shoals to rapids  Minimum level to easily float this section is 1.5

The river is about 50 feet wide at the put-in, holds this average width for a few miles, then gradually widens out to about 100 feet at the take-out.  For the first three miles of the run, the banks are mainly dirt, rather low, and wooded.  A few rock formations and one group of bluffs can be seen off the river.  At the end of the first mile, the shallows begin to turn into shoals.  Many of these shoals and all of the shallows would vanish at a level of 1.8 or better.

After mile 3 the terrain begins to change to some very pretty bluffs and more rock formations.  Some of the shoals are a little more difficult but still no real problem. 

Your signal of the waterfall's approach is the two islands just above it, one large and the next small.  The waterfall is in a very pretty set of bluffs with some large, flat rock slabs on the right just above it.  The fall itself extends all the way across the river, and it's quite possible to be swept over it at higher water levels.  The left-hand side is a straight down drop, but the extreme right is more of a stair step affair that is runnable after scouting and if there's enough water over it.  On the other hand, at higher water levels beware of a possible hydraulic at the bottom of the fall.  There is a good portage on the right if you want to walk around it.

The fall is in sort of a rocky canyon, and below it are a couple of rapids, both with small drops.  Both are short and runnable, but you need to go through the slots and should scout them first or at least be cautious in your approach.  The canyon ends about mile 5 and the shoals and shallows from here to the bend (about mile 7 2/3) will be hidden at higher water levels.  From mile 7 2/3 to the end you have more bluffs and cliffs, slightly rougher shoals, and more frequent low drops, but none that are of any real consequence.

TAKE-OUT: The take-out is just downstream of the State 79 bridge and on your left.  It is a good landing place but a steep climb up to the road on a path under the bridge.  If you wish to drift down through the first shoal below the bridge, there is an equally easy take-out and longer but gradual path to the highway.  Parking is on the side of the highway, but there is plenty of room.


From John Foshee's book








PHOTOS OF THIS SECTION OF THE RIVER

Locust Fork River



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