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Raven Fork River: Confluence with the Straight Fork to The Bridge at the Job Corps Center Professional Review and Guide
"The Raven Fork comes off Breakneck Ridge, often at just that speed. It flows through the Cherokee Indian Reservation to a point just above the town of Cherokee, where it joins the Oconaluftee River. Raven Fork runs through boulder fields and rock gardens to present one of the most delightful trips a paddler can find anywhere. The Cherokee have designated the river as “Enterprise Waters.” As of press time, the Cherokee Indian Reservation has banned all boating on waters passing through its land. This may change in the future."
--Bob and David Benner, Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas (Menasha Ridge Press).
What a unique hike. We accessed Enloe Creek trailhead and proceeded up a "locals only" trail that crossed 3 small streams. Ascent was steady for 1.9 miles up to the ridge. Basically non-eventful (some old growth trees along the way) and the descent was about 1 mile on a narrow bridal trail to one of the most primitive and awesome creeks I have experienced. Huge boulders, uncountable cascades, azure water, swimming holes to die for...one person did during a stream crossing-hence the bridge to the campground. Fly-fishing produced some small brookies accessed by boulder hopping-no trails. I will be back!
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