An easy half-day trip, this river section is characterized by broad, wide channels, Class I and II rapids, and rural wooded scenery. Paddlers will cross under the iconic Broad River railroad bridge.
This access includes a small parking area and dirt boat ramp, river-left along the channel from the upstream dam. A fishing area is located 2,000 feet north on Dravo Road next to the Hydro Plant and also includes a small parking area.
Located river-right, above the Cherokee Falls Dam, this river access is next to the Cherokee Ford Recreation Area. At the end of Wolf Den Lane, there is a dirt clearing with easy access to the river from the river bank.
The Bowens River Access is along the channel from the upstream dam. Paddlers will put in at the dirt boat ramp and paddle 900 feet to the main channel of the Broad River. Immediately upon entering the main channel, paddlers will experience some slow Class I rapids. The iconic Broad River Railroad bridge is the 3rd bridge. The take-out (Cherokee Ford Recreation Area) is 1.25 miles after the 4th and last bridge. There are shoals and Class I-II rapids upon nearing the take out; paddlers should follow the right side of the river. If you reach an island in the center of the river, you've gone too far. If you reach the dam, there is another take out river-left upstream of the dam.