We discovered a great paddling this winter that I would love to share. Big Laurel Creek is tucked right by Hot Springs, NC. It is a sweet little creek that can give the most experienced paddler or a virtual newbie a great run. Starting at the put in, the first big rapid is Stairstep Rapid. It is two drops with a kicker wave at the bottom. The next big rapid is Suddy Hole, which has a great little surprise at the bottom. The run is finished out with some continuous run through the Narrows rapid. This creek run can be a great introduction to the type of creeks only found in the Southeast. Also, the entire run has a great trail that runs along the river. This means that any rapid can be portage and it also gives you a way to see all the rapids before you run them.
The surrounding area is so beautiful. There is a tree lined trail that runs the entire length of the run to the train tracks. At the end you can hike back to Stackhouse or continue down French Broad Section 9 to Hot Springs.
Please enjoy some pics below of one of our many runs this winter. There were taken with our awesome GoPro