By: Crystal Cockman
With its scenic rock outcrops and bluffs, swift rapids, diversity of wildlife, and beautiful pastoral setting, the Rocky River is a little known paddling pleasure found in our region. Starting in Mooresville, it continues into Cabarrus, Union, Stanly and Anson counties, before joining the Pee Dee River. I have had the good fortune to do many different stretches of the river in the past few years, and have found them all to be picturesque and serene.
This summer, I kayaked the stretch of the Rocky River from Plank Road to U.S. 52. Thanks to a partnership among Anson County and the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT) and others, there will soon be a formal access at the Plank Road site. The county purchased land there this year and is working with CTT to develop a more formal put-in here with parking and steps to the river.
On this stretch of the river, The LandTrust for Central North Carolina received grant funds last year from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund to acquire a unique property that has two rare natural communities and three rare plants, and there may also eventually be some kayak camping available on the site. [Read more…]