Indian Valley to Great Bend Park

Indian Valley Paddle Acccess

930 Indian Valley Drive, Burlington, NC 27217

…to…

Great Bend Park at Glencoe

350 Greenwood Drive, Burlington, NC 27217


Upstream from Great Bend Park:
Distance: 1.0 miles/45 minutes one-way; 2.0 miles, 1.5 hours round-trip
Difficulty: Beginner
Minimum USGS Gauge Level: None



Downstream from Indian Valley Paddle Access:
Distance: 1.0 miles/45 minutes one-way; 2.0 miles, 1.5 hours round-trip
Difficulty: Beginner
Minimum USGS Gauge Level: None


This short, flat-water stretch of river is perfect for beginning paddlers. The one-mile section of river is backed-up by the Glencoe Dam, meaning there is little or no current under normal conditions and nearly always enough water, even on dry summer days. The river is accessible from either Indian Valley Paddle Access or Great Bend Park and a round-trip is possible from either location. Both accesses require carrying the boats a short distance, but the Indian Valley Paddle Access is closer to the parking area. Restrooms are available in the Great Bend Park parking area or in the clubhouse at Indian Valley Golf Course, across the street from the paddle access.

For thru-paddlers wishing to continue downstream of Glencoe Dam, portage is required from the Great Bend Park Paddle Access. After taking out, proceed down the path approximately 1,500 feet, crossing the bridge over the mill race onto the island.