Same Toler depicts a canoe trip down a stretch of Swift Creek. During the trip he witnessed any number of wildlife species and encountered a station that collects stream flow data for the U.S.
Sam Toler recounts the canoe run he made in 12 degree weather with ice on the river and several layers of clothes on. Nevertheless he still saw wildlife and the old stone dam which had once belonged to Collins Grist Mill.
For those looking to paddle on a river, it is important to check water conditions to know if the water is too high or too low to paddle. The best way is to us the United States Geological Survey and do some math if a location different from the survey marker is needed.
Paddlers have a wide choice of mountain rivers, Piedmont streams, and Coastal Plains backswamps when planning a canoe trip. Among them are the South Fork of the New River, Deep River, and the Roanoke River and its swamps.