1005 Fairview Ave, Bowling Green, KY
This is one of our most popular trips!
Click HERE for directions to the put-in.
The Little South Fork is a State Wild River from Hwy 92 to Freedom ford (10.4 miles) with clear blue water from the limestone. There is an excellent lunch spot with space for lots of boats across from two white sulphur waterfalls. The mid April date is needed due to water levels and favorable weather. Due to limited parking - carpooling is encouraged.
Meet at the Hwy. 92 bridge approximately 12 miles SE of Monticello, 10:00 am CENTRAL, approx. 10 mile trip, Class I at beginning then Class II for second half. The last rapid is the trickiest, but the cars are only ¼ mile away.
Click HERE to see the shuttle route and get driving directions.
This paddle has a class II portion and is only for paddlers who would be comfortable in a class II.
From Sehlinger's book:
Little South Fork
The Little South Fork of the Cumberland River is a Kentucky Wild River. Little used by paddlers due to its seasonal nature and its remoteness, it is nevertheless one of the most beautiful and pristine of Kentucky's rivers.
Draining the eastern portion of Wayne County and the western portion of McCreary County before emptying into the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, the Little South Fork runs cool and clear over a rock and mud bottom through steep, wooded hills. Runnable from November through mid May downstream from Parmleysville, the stream is primarily Class I with some small shoals and rapids that approach Class II. The river is 30 feet wide in the upstream sections and does not broaden beyond 60 feet as it flows toward its mouth Access is difficult from all but one or two bridges, and shuttles are long, particularly for sections south of KY 92. Exposed rock and a variety of hardwoods grace the usually steep riverbank along with the common proliferation of willow upstream of KY 92. Downstream of KY 92, near Freedom Chapel, the stream enters a massive and beautiful vertical rock wall gorge.
Above all, the Little South Fork is amazingly pristine and rugged. Dangers to navigation include deadfalls and flash flood potential.