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Bumbee Creek

Walden's Ridge Tennessee




1.6 Miles

Avg 180 ft per mile


                                                             Home of the rare Laurel Dace

                                                            Picture of Dace


 Pine Creek Road to Shut-in-Gap Road ( Piney Take-out)

Class:  4.4 (4.7 high water)



Water Quality (1 bad 3 good)

Scenery (1 bad 3 good)         


Level Needed: 5.0 ft  on the Piney Take-out Bridge Gauge on Shut-in-Gap Road . Then get ready for a high water day on the Piney right in the meat of the action.

Put-in: Alternative # 1


From the Piney River takeout drive up Shut-in-Gap road, (and over the Piney), once on top of the mountain, you will go past the Stinging Fork hiking trail head, which will be on the right. After a little bit, you will come to the same road/turn that takes you to Duskin Creek and the Newby Branch Campground. The name of the turn/road is WaldenMountain Road, and it is on the left.



                         Here is a picture of the sign when you will turn off Shut-in-Gap and head left:





From here you keep driving, and drive over the Duskin Creek put-in, and then you drive back up the mountain. Once on top of the mountain get ready to drive for awhile. From here you start walking, and itís best to have a shuttle bunny, and let them drop you off so you can go in stealth mode. If this run becomes more popular we can try to get better access, like we use to for Little Possum, when it use to be gated.

 Put-in: Alternative # 2 (And the way I would go)


Is to go the route of heading like you were going to put on Moccasin Creek, which is an alternative, put-in for the Piney, and to be honest this the way I would go. By doing this, this could be your last sanity check that you have enough water for Bumbee Creek, because if you have a shuttle driver, and a hike, then you are committed to the run. You will drive straight over Moccasin on your way to the Bumbee put-in gate. The Pine Creek Road will feel a little sketchy, due to it feeling like a driveway, but this is way I would go.

 For the Moccasin Creek directions that will get you going to find Bumbee: CLICK HERE


Side Note:

When walking up  the logging road ,and then down it will take you to the creek .Hiking will total right around 1 + mile long, you need to trudge along quickly and try to go unseen as best you can. At the confluence this will be your put-in. Take a pre-programmed GPS to give you the confidence you need to get crackiní and not dally along, and head to the confluence.



                              The Piney Watershed



Watershed Map (to find location and size of creek) Click Here

Special thanks to Steve Zerfos for making the map.


Topo Map: Click Here

A special thanks to Randy Hale of NorthRiverGeographic for the map



                              The Piney Watershed Map was donated by Randy Hale of North River Geographic





To see the quads in a truly awesome format; click on the links in reference to the quads listed above.





















 It was first discovered by a paddlersí eye by Daniel Talley, and he was kind enough to send these pictures and provide the intel needed to make the run possible. Daniel is now in school in New York, and was kind enough to share many miles away from home.

 The Branch:

 Once at the confluence that comes together that makes Bumbee , it becomes paddleable and then itís game on with a few breaks until you hit the Piney.

 Here are the pictures from Daniel and sure was nice of him to share these pictures.


                           Just past the put-in...confluence




 Right around the corner...




ne of the nice ones, the picture is taken from the top



                                    Same rapid from the top


                                Same rapid taken from the bottom





                                                  Nice wall!


                                Typical Character of Bumbee....


                                                Long Stretch


                                         Another Long Stretch


                                          Another Nice One...



                                    The washout to the piney







At the Piney Confluence, with Daniel and his little one...btw Daniel we are ready for you to come home!








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Whitewater paddling is VERY Dangerous, and you should get instruction before ever attempting even to paddle flatwater. One of contributors to this web site has personally helped bury 3 kayaking friends, this isn't a joke. Whitewater paddling can ruin your life through accidents and can effect your family and friends throughout a lifetime.

The information on this page is incomplete, inaccurate, and very unreliable.   Use with caution.  Whitewater paddling is a dangerous sport and the information here is not a substitute for actual knowledge and skill.  The authors are not liable for your actions. Go ahead and kill yourself if you want to, but don't blame others for you actions and decisions that you will make on and off the river.

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Our hemlocks are dying on the ridge due to the woolly adelgid infestation. You can find out more at the Save Our Hemlocks website: http://www.saveourhemlocks.org/


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The Picture below is depressing to say the least...






Picture courtesy of KnoxNews.com



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