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Wow, thanks for sharing. That sounds scary. I've never been a fan of camping on a ridge for that very reason.

Is that a water funnel?

Well, that's one way to get 10000 views; put it where it ain't.

Indeed, gregdinn, it can be a dangerous place.

No papkassen not shure bout the location , its just a guess , its all about the funny point of view of the sword, its all..thanks for the info gregdinn,

Hi Kevin, Thanks for the clarification. The only time I camped there was in 1976 and we camped in the gorge for 7 days. We went in on Spence Ridge Trail and I think we came out on this trail.

This is the spot on the river known as "Nation Ford". It is where many Native Americans and settlers crossed the Catawba coming down the Occaneechi Path from the James River in VA. It split into 2 trails on the other side- one going west to Cherokee lands and one going south to Augusta.

Not a good time to go off the beaten path. The current really started to pick up here. It was very pleasant until the surprise ahead. It took all I had to get back up and out of there!

This is getting very near the STRAINER (fallen trees across the canal). This is the last chance to turn around. Much farther is almost SURE DEATH. I don't have a picture of it, because I was paddling for my life upstream!

Old River Canal. Danger!, Danger!, Danger! It looks inviting, but do not go this way. I have named this section "Go Left and Die" after a white water rapid on the Green River Narrows. Trees lie across at the end. If you want to see an old canal restored, go to Landsford Canal State Park in SC. Web address is

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