North Fork New River Ashe CR 1119 Bridge at Community of Maxwell to Ashe CR 1549 Below the Confluence with the South Fork

Clifton, South Carolina

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The North Fork heads up in the extreme western end of Ashe County just over the Tennessee line. It flows northeast in the shadows of The Peak, Three Top Mountain, and Phoenix Mountain on the south before confluencing with the South Fork and forming the New River. It is primarily a stream of shallow ledges with an occasional gravel bar through its upper reaches. Then it flattens out to where it presents a few riffles and a ledge now and then. River access is quite easy with roads following along it for most of the distance. This also means a pastoral landscape through most sections.
Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

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Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas

by Bob and David Benner (Menasha Ridge Press)

The North Fork heads up in the extreme western end of Ashe County just over the Tennessee line. It flows northeast in the shadows of The Peak, Three Top Mountain, and Phoenix Mountain on the south before confluencing with the South Fork and forming the New River.

It is primarily a stream of shallow ledges with an occasional gravel bar through its upper reaches. Then it flattens out to where it presents a few riffles and a ledge now and then. River access is quite easy with roads following along it for most of the distance. This also means a pastoral landscape through most sections.

©  Bob and David Benner/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Clifton
Distance: 42.8
Elevation Loss: 57 feet
Duration: 5 sections that take 18 hours to paddle
Class: Class I-II
Local Maps: Baldwin Gap, Warrensville, Jefferson, Grassy Creek, Mouth of Wilson (VA) (USGS); Ashe (County)
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork New River: Ashe CR 1119 Bridge at Community of Maxwell to Ashe CR 1549 Below the Confluence with the South Fork

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