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Big Laurel Creek: US 70/25 Bridge to US 70/25 Bridge over the French Broad in Hot Springs Professional Review and Guide
"This is a fast wild-water stream cutting a gorge 1,200 feet deep between Mill Ridge on the north and Walnut Knob on the south. This is truly a spectacular scenic run. Unfortunately, as with many trips of this type, one isn’t able to raise one’s eyes from the job at hand long enough to enjoy nature’s wonders to the fullest. Big Laurel flows into the French Broad 3.5 miles above Hot Springs. This section must be run unless the paddler goes upstream 0.25 miles to the community of Stackhouse (see the French Broad River, Section L)."
--Bob and David Benner, Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas (Menasha Ridge Press).
i recently came across this wonderful trail close to hot springs nc. its great on a bike or on foot. would reccomend this to anyone wanting to get out in nature. the trail is mostly flat so theres not alot of uphill climbs, but the scenery and the river flowing beside the trail is awesome. can't wait to try kayaking down the class III- IV rapids.
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