Gulf Creek (Forester Gulf)
Lookout Mountain Georgia
Avg Gradient 270 feet per mile
Max Gradient 670 feet per mile
Water Quality (1 bad 3 good)
Scenery (1 bad 3 good)
Watershed Map (to find location and size of creek)
Special thanks to Steve Zerfos for making the map.
A special thanks to Randy Hale of NorthRiverGeographic for the map
Page 21 of Alabama Gazetteer. That right :) your Alabama Gazetteer, you don't need the $12 dollars for a Georgia Gazetteer.
First Descent of Gulf Creek Falls
Paddler Nick Murphy
All Photo's by Bett Adams
From Jeff West March 9 2011
Congrats to Mr. Nick Murphy
He stomped one huge and scary first decent in Chattanooga today. 50-60
footer on Gulf Creek. Never been run before and most likely will never go
again. Impressive to watch.
Gulf Creek is anomaly in Lookout Mountain creek world. Bear gets all the
attention, and then Allen Creek. Not much is known about it.
I've talked to more
people who have hiked than have run it.
My old gang of Justin Howard and Todd Gould ran it during a weekday in the
spring of 94. After grilling them, They let the cat out of the bag, it was a
portage fest on the likes of Morgan Creek. It had the flavor of mank, with rock,
with hikes, MAJOR hikes. There is a 50-60 footer in there that is clean.
Talking to Ted Hayes, the impression of the conversation that is was an okay run,
that needs to be caught with the right amount of water.
But the portages are
hard and long, and the rapids are manky.
From the Alabama Board www.alabamawhitewater.com
I have trout fished and rock hopped it in the summertime, from the top of
lookout mountain, down into the creek. Years ago, I slipped down there with an
old friend and there are some stocked rainbows that have sustained a wild
population in there. I really cant imagine running it -MICRO and steep and log
strewn - but you guys do some crazy stuff. Brang a chainsaw. Access is private,
I believe, but could be negotiated with nearby landowners. It would prob be a
I doubt I'll walk the creek again, but it was pretty. Its was May or June. I
remember when my paddling buddy Larry asked me if I wanted to walk it. Being
bama boys, He said "do you have your running shoes on?" I said "yeah, why?
wouldn't hiking boots be better?" He said, "you may have to run from the game
There was a little evidence that someone had been walking up and fishing it from
the valley. I dont think anybody came in from the top. I think the access up top
use to be connected to some type of summer camp, but I am not sure, that was
over ten years ago. Most of the people on that part of the mountain are pretty
nice folks... The banjo factor is a lot lower than Sand mtn or lower lookout mtn