Run: Kirby Creek       
Class: III   Put-In: Rock City, CR 48     
Gradient: 20, 40, 40 (0.4)   Take-Out: Dekalb CR 56 / Jackson CR 43    
Length: 2.4   Precip. Gage: Scottsboro (Real Time)     
Shuttle: CR's 48 / 120 / 38 / 52 / 43   Delorme Gazeteer: P. 20 G4    
Water Q: Primary Gage: None    
Links: TOPO MAP Required Level: Visual    
  PICTURES Indicator Gage: South Sauty Town  
  TRIP REPORT Required Level: 1.5' (new gage) 1000 cfs  
An alternate put-in for Sauty or a nice III+ run for a short or combo day.

Kirby starts off with a multi-part slide formed at least in part by broken down old millworks on sloping ledges. Two 10' slides are punctuated by potential pinning rocks on their bottom right. The run continues with generally slide type rapids of a drop/pool nature. Rapids never get over class III but are surprisingly big for a creek this small. Both creeks exhibit rather non-boulder obstructed rapids, most likely due to the fact that they are on top of the Sand Mountain plateau and as such do not have cliff walls beside them from which to deposit rocks in the streambed. Once
Stringer joins Kirby, the rapids continue until S. Sauty is reached. Kirby is remotely similar to upper Short because the water constricts down to form a rather turbulent stretch at a place or two. Brief but enjoyable spells of eddy hopping are encountered. Playspots are available and to top it all off you can run the 8' put-in drop on S. Sauty. Only a few logs were encoutered in early 1998.