About the book

Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians Vol 1 - The Plateau Etching the great, rocky plateau-lands of the Southern Appalachians is a rich bounty of streams that not only brings life to the surrounding terrain but also serves as a dynamic conduit for gaining a deep appreciation of Southeastern US canyon country. This comprehensive guide to more than 150 southeastern whitewater streams is an inspiring invitation to explore the lifetime of potential river experiences that await you below the rim of the South's lush, hidden canyons. Stepping far beyond the scope of the average guidebook, this work consists of not only inspiring photography and valuable, accurate information, but is also packed with in-depth coverage of the geologic history of the plateau, advanced methods for chasing rain, classic river stories from local paddling legends, and much more. If you're looking for the ultimate resource for whitewater paddling on the plateau, look no further. For paddling destinations in the Mountain region, look to the Whitewater of the Southern Appalachian Vol 2 - The Mountains. (note: while currently out-of-print, an updated edition should be available soon.)

About the author

Kirk Eddlemon (excerpted from his website): I'm a native East-Tennessean who calls Knoxville home, where I live with my beautiful and unconditionally supportive wife Laura, and amazing son Alexander.  I spend almost as much of my time walking, paddling, and even sometimes crawling through the wilder parts of the Southern Appalachians as I do in town.  I've always been intrigued by the call of the wild, and even before I started kayaking, I spent much of my time picking out interesting places on topographic maps, and then putting a face to a name by seeking them out on foot with a compass and a little tenacity.  This drive flourishes in a freedom-based pursuit like paddling, and it was only a matter of time before I realized that a little plastic boat could facilitate one of the most expressive, grounding, and spiritually rewarding ways of connecting with nature! Kirk is a registered whitewater guide and runs Ace Kayaking School in Knoxville, TN - visit him when you're in the region!


  • Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians Vol 1: The Plateau
  • 2014 Wolverine Publishing
  • by Kirk Eddlemon
  • 296 full-color pages
  • 9781938393181