First let me say that this a beautiful river. It's rather tannic looking, but fairly clear with lots of hardwoods. We paddled from below Wiggins Mill Resovoir to Stantonsburg and there was no hint of development. It's easy paddling with very little manuervering. A nice float.
However, there are many, many trees fallen over the river that require either portage or pulling you boat over. It took us twelve hours to canoe this sixteen miles. I'd reccommend the river, but factor in extra time and patience.