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The river was low, just as the guys told me at the outfitters. I only gently scrubbed my kayak on the smooth river rocks( a post trip inspection confirmed this). I had to get out and pull over a shallow spot once. Again, the outfitters said if you would "pick your path" you could, for the most part stay in your boat - correct advice.
The river is very scenic, often times canopied by hardwoods. I would say it is aprox. 75- 100 ft wide most of the time. Several rock cliffs can be seen. ALWAYS sounds of scurrying beaver, turtles, and duck looking for privacy from a surprise visitor(ME!). The river is very gentle, even for a novice river runner (OK it's more of a jog!). Perhaps 3 or 4 short rapids that can be handled easily and "lined-up" by even someone with little experience.
You could easily make this trip a little longer. Add lunch, rest breaks, more sight seeing, more floating less paddling, you get the point. I used the outfitters shuttle service for transportation. Just give them a call (for info. see below).
This would be THE PLACE to see the leaves in a few weeks. See the folks at Appalachian Outfitters about this - they have a plan.
Overstock Outlet Foods
URCHIN Portable Anchor