|Class:||II||Put-In:||Hwy 56 bridge (Franklin Co.)
|Gradient:||?/?/?/?/?/?||Take-Out:||Coburn Mountain Road (Colbert Co.)
|Shuttle:||Hwy 56/ CoRd 37(Fox Trap)/Coburn Mtn Rd||Delorme Gazeteer:|
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Spring Creek is a tributary of the Tennessee River. It's head waters begin near the town of Russellville flowing in a Southwest direction through Colbert County before emptying into Pickwick lake on the Tennessee River. The section of Interest to whitewater paddlers begins where the creek flows under Highway 56 in Franklin County (which is the put in).
This small/micro creek features fairly continuous shoals, turns, and wave trains. One rapid ("ain't none") near the middle of this section could approach class 3 with enough water. It features a slot move into a hole then another move to the right to avoid a rock. This rapid finishes with a couple more holes/waves. The remaining rapids are class 1-2. Unfortunately, after about 2.5 miles the rapids end and the creek becomes flat, flowing through pasture land, until the takeout on Coburn Mountain Road. There are numerous log jams to deal with in this flat section. The scenery is nice and resembles the Bankhead area runs with bluff shelters and large boulders, but the water quality is lacking compared to the Bankhead area. About a mile into the run a feeder creek comes in on river right. A short hike up will reward you with a 60-foot waterfall coming off a bluff shelter. This run requires at least 1-2 inches of rain during winter/early spring over a short period to produce a runnable level.