Gauge near the old buildings by the AB Tech Enka Campus
Sometimes you just need to take a moment to do those things that are close to home that you always talk about but you never get around to. There's a creek near my house called Hominy Creek that everytime I drove by and the water was up I'd think "man I should kayak that". Never could get around to it though, for one thing there was always something that I thought was better to go and run. However one day not to long ago my good friend Caleb Coaplen called and said hey you want to go kayak Hominy Creek? Perfect timing! Here's a brief rundown of the next two minutes of our conversation:
Me: "You think there's enough water?"
Me: "Where do you want to put-in?"
Caleb: "I was thinking up around 151"
Me: "How far do you think that is?"
Caleb: "Maybe 5 miles"
Me: "you sure?"
Caleb: "yeah its pretty straight from up there"
Me: "Let's do it I'll go check the flow real quick"
Well the water level turned out to be perfect but we're pretty sure we ended up paddling about 12 miles (took about 2.5 hrs). However it was awesome, several pretty cool rapids, lots of birds, beavers, and a totally green setting right in Asheville! To top it all off we though we'd for sure we'd be the only ones out there but we ran into two other groups. Turns out that the best put-in is the 2nd bridge on Pond Rd. So next time your local creek comes up take the evening to explore you're own backyard, you might be surprised! Check out the photos below:
The first and only low-head damn, this one was good on the river left with a decent "bump" in the landing. We also ran into several big culverts at varying heights, gotta explore to find the good stuff:)
Ahhh, here we are peaceful kayaking right outside of Asheville!
Caleb dropping into the first of the rapids on the good section
Maybe we'll stop in, the do have an indoor pool.....
Another good rapid