This is the Nolichucky Gorge. On one side is a Bear Sanctuary
and on the other side is Park Service land. It is breathtakingly
beautiful and secluded. The only ways out of this river are the train
tracks on it's side (for coal trains), the river itself, and helicopter.
It is quiet, clean, and natural. We saw a dear on the bank while
going down the river. Later an eagle flew over. This picture
does not include rapids because the camera person was kinda busy when we
hit the rapids. My wife and I have gone down this river twice. The second
time, we rafted in the spring because that's when the water level peaks.
Both times we went down this river, our flotilla of rafts were the only ones
on the water.
One time, we did pass some kayakers grilling steaks on the riverside.
I highly recommend this river in spring. But beware. My hand
cramped every time it hit the water because it was VERY cold. I thought
spring break was a good time to go rafting. North Tennessee is cold
in March!!! It was fun, but the wet suit I rented leaked!
Matt is the guy facing the camera. He is being silly for this
picture. I don't think we have gotten a serious picture of him in
the twenty-plus years I have known him.