Upper Rockcastle River
Put in at I-75 bridge, paddled 10-11 miles to KY1956 bridge. USGS Billows streamflow gauge said stream height of 2.2 feet and flow 198 cfs. This float took about 4 hrs of paddling time and there were plenty of attractive places to stop and goof off which added another 1+ hours.
Wildlife was abundant. There were adult and young herons all over the place; occasional wood ducks and red-tailed hawks; two deer waded out in front of us on a gravel bar; the kids caught (& released) tadpoles, minnows, and crawfish.
The water was mostly flat. We scraped a few times and mis-read one rock that stopped the bow and spun us. There were a couple of sections of Class II+ where gravel bars pushed the full river through a sharp curve. Other sections of fast water where the river narrowed.
There is a stretch of cabins along KY1329 downstream of I-75. Past that it's wilderness.
Our party was one adult and three kids ages 9-14 and it was an ideal paddle for us.
Rockcastle Adventures provided shuttle service, drove us & our gear in our car to I-75 then drove the car back to their location at KY1956 bridge and locked the keys up. A+ service.
None at I=75 bridge
$5 per boat put-in/take-out fee at Rockcastle Adventures.
I-75 bridge put-in: US25 south of Livingston, turn west on KY1329, can't miss it. Take-out is private property of Rockcastle Adventures on KY1956 just east of the Rockcastle River.
USGS topo map.