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Paddling 101

kayak runs waterfall

Check out these tips for fun and safe river adventures.

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North Carolina: Green and South Fork of the New rivers

Green River Gorge Location: The Green is located near Saluda, N.C., in Polk and Henderson counties. How to access: The gorge has three sections — the Lower Green, the Upper Green and the Narrows. There are specific put-in and take-out

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Maryland: Youghiogheny

Kayaker paddles through rapid

Youghiogheny River Location: The Youghiogheny is a 132-mile tributary of the Monongahela River. It begins in West Virginia, flowing through Maryland’s Garrett County and the town of Oakland before entering Pennsylvania. How to access: The Youghiogheny has several public access

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Kentucky: Rockcastle and Russell Fork rivers

Kayakers converge below a rapid

Rockcastle River Location: The Rockcastle River (pictured on the cover of this issue) flows through portions of Jackson, Rockcastle, Laurel and Pulaski counties in Kentucky. How to access: The put-ins and take-outs for different sections are located along roads and

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Ohio: Licking River

Two kayaks paddle on a river past a large rock wall

Licking River Main Branch Location: The Licking River is a part of the Mississippi River watershed and is located in central Ohio near Newark. How to access: The Riverview Reserve, a 110-acre nature preserve, has an accessible boat launch. From

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Tennessee: Tellico River and Norris Lake

kayaker paddles over a ten foot waterfall

Tellico River Location: The Tellico River is approximately 60 miles from Knoxville and 90 miles from Chattanooga. The river primarily runs through Monroe County near Tellico Plains. How to access: The aptly named River Road provides several access points. All

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Virginia: Clinch and Maury rivers

man in a canoe goes over a rapid

Clinch River Location: The Clinch River forms in Tazewell County, Va., flowing unfettered through Southwest Virginia on its way to Tennessee, where it encounters two dams before joining the Tennessee River. How to access: The Virginia section of the Clinch

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West Virginia: Cheat River and Summersville Lake

Two kayakers navigate a rapid

Cheat River Location: The Cheat River flows north through northeastern West Virginia, near the towns of Rowlesburg and Albright. Difficulty: The Upper Cheat north of Parsons is a Class I river with excellent camping and fishing opportunities. The river’s Narrows

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Georgia: Toccoa River

girl paddles on the river

Toccoa River Location: The Toccoa River’s primary paddling routes are near the town of Blue Ridge in northwest Georgia. Difficulty: The Toccoa is a Class I and II river —with one II+ rapid — and provides training opportunities for beginning

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