I had a good time paddling there. A couple things that took me by surprise were:
1. the water is warm, almost too warm and it was the end of September. I actually got hot paddling with just my pfd on. ..and the water stinks a bit
2. It is almost like paddling in a canal or concrete lined ditch. As mentioned, squirrly eddies and surprisingly sticky spots that you wouldn't normally would suspect they would stick you so bad.
3. I am pissed because they will let their guides take rafts down (actually they heavily promote it) but they wouldn't let me take my 12' hyside down. WTF? I can take my own kayak, but I can't take my own raft, yet rafts are allowed for commercial groups? Doesn't seem fair at all. East coast wierdness against rafters, just like Gauley companies not willing to rent me pfd's.
Hope that helps.