Yadkin River, Section 13
“This is a 3-hour paddle that bounces down through mostly Class I-II+ water. It’s a fun way to hone skills, boost confidence and teach eddies and surf. Catch it when it’s up and you can have a pretty good time.”
Plus, it runs down the corridor for the Yadkin section of Pilot Mountain State Park, so it’s guaranteed scenic as well. Fun, dependable, good looking — paddle it once and you’ll want to marry this stretch of the Yadkin.
For a complete description of this stretch, including hazards, consult “Paddling Eastern North Carolina” (see below).
More info, including maps and access: “Paddling Eastern North Carolina,” Paul Ferguson (2007, Pocosin Press).
Photo: N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation
Length: 6.8 miles
Drive: 40 minutes from downtown
Put-in: Shoals access at Shoals Road
Take-out: Donnaha access at NC 67
Time to complete: 3 hours
Gauge: USGS Yadkin River at Enon
Minimum flow: always above minimum
City: Pilot Mountain State Park