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The trail from Buggs Island to Beechwood Flats stretches for 5.3 miles from point to point. Side trips up Allen's Creek and around Buggs Island can more than double that distance and offer those with more endurance the chance to explore the upper reaches. For shorter trips try launching at the Steel Bridge Landing or Miles Creek and explore Beechwood Flats, Miles and Flat Creek or paddle up to Cotton Creek. Explore the hidden cut-through between Beechwood Flats and Miles Creek.

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The current at the Steel Bridge to Cotton Creek is seldom more than 1-2 mph and is easy to paddle against. Upstream below the dam it can be 3-5 mph during releases and needs to be considered when planning your route. At the present the Buggs Island launch site offers all the amenities one could need including the Tanner Environmental Education Center, Camping and nearby restaurants. Explore miles of hiking Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area or the shorter Liberty Hill Nature Trail.

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US-1 Steel Bridge Launch

Handicap accessible! The launch serves as the takeout for paddlers launching at the Tailrace. Read More