Park and Huck
The entire section of Laurel Creek is no longer runnable because of the flood of 2001. Heavy rains that caused extensive flooding pushed boulders around the creek bed, constricting the kayakers’ paths.
Today, whitewater thrill seekers go there to run one rapid, the Captain. After Collins and Parsons both ran the falls, they got out of their boats, picked them up, and went back up to the top for another run. Each boater ran the falls twice.
As if that wasn’t enough to satisfy their whitewater cravings, it was on now to Mill Creek. Mill Creek runs from Ansted into the New River, just upstream of Hawk’s Nest Dam. This section is 1.87 miles long and drops 208 feet per mile. There are six major rapids. The main attraction is Mill Creek Falls, a 20-feet tall, river-wide waterfall. Before that is a smaller waterfall named Mess-Up Falls. After Mill Creek Falls is Headless Horseman, Dry Line Falls, Powder House and Caveman. There is a road that runs along Mill Creek and oftentimes the kayakers will do multiple laps on this section because it is a rather short run.