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We paddled this slow section of the Yadkin in the company of blue herons, turtles, and geese. There are a few very small rapids. After about an hour you pass a huge boulder on the left that is said to have Native American drawings on it. We found the rock, but not the drawings.
A little over three hours into our paddle we took a left onto Roaring River (you'll see a bridge downstream of the Yadkin when it's time to turn off) and paddled upstream on Roaring River until we came to the take out.
The paddle took three hours and forty-five minutes, and we encountered nobody else on the river. The river banks are steep, so you won't see any houses or other signs of civilization. A nice, peaceful paddle that makes for a relaxing short trip. We did it in an inflatable kayak and a sit-on-top.
John said that he also runs a trip that puts in where we took out. You can take out in Rhonda or go as far as the old Elkin-Jonesville Bridge if you want. We plan to go back and do that next time.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Gedi Convertible Helmet