Henderson Paddles Horsepasture By Packraft


Last updated 10/12/2020 at 3:15pm

Kevin Colburn descends Stairstep Falls along the Horsepasture River in a packraft, an inflatable and packable kayak. (Courtesy photo by Jack Henderson)

Within a county known as the "Land of Waterfalls," Gorges State Park might contain the highest concentration of cascades within any of our region's public land units. Transylvania County holds portions of Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, the Blue Ridge Parkway, DuPont State Recreational Forest, Headwaters State Forest, and Gorges State Park, all containing numerous rivers and waterfalls, but Gorges touches two of the state's steepest waterways – the Toxaway and Horsepasture.

These rugged rivers form arteries within the Blue Ridge Escarpment, an ecological wonderland between the hi...

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