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South Carolina whitewater, Eastatoe Creek

Pickens county, US 178 to Smith Creek above Lake Keowee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     3.52 miles
  The nature scenery of Pickens County and the water flowing gracefully down Eastatoe Creek beats anything. The US 178 to Smith Creek above Lake Keowee section of Eastatoe Creek in South Carolina is 3.52 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV+ section. The average South Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't
    forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. This is a somewhat short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one
stretch. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother  
nature will have you coming back for more. The put-in location is a short drive from Brevard, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Eastatoe Creek it's always fun to take a look at Keowee-Toxaway State Park, and going for a hike on the Art Loeb Trail is always a delightful adventure. All year is a delightful time in the Blue Ridge Mountains if you love the outdoors. Reedy Cove Falls is a nice local attraction, and if you're here, you might as well go to Lays Gap. This is such a wonderful river. Table Rock State Park is a pleasant place to stretch your legs a bit, and there are plenty of people from Sunset here at Eastatoe Creek.

Eastatoe Creek, US 178 to Smith Creek above Lake Keowee road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Eastatoe Creek.
 Whitewater Near Eastatoe Creek:
Eastatoe Creek, Pickens County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 3.52 miles long (US 178 to Smith Creek above Lake Keowee)
Eastatoe Creek - Lower Gorge, Pickens County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 2 miles long (Mill Creek to Dug Mountain Access)
Little Eastatoe River, Pickens County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Dirt road off Highway 11 to Highway 11 bridge)
Toxaway Creek, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 3.6 miles long (Frozen Creek Road Bridge to Lake Jocassee)
French Broad River - East Fork, Transylvania County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (East Fork Road at Laurel Branch to French Broad River)
Carrick Creek, Pickens County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Green Creek Con Fork to Pinnacle Lake)
French Broad River - West Fork, Transylvania County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3.4 miles long (SR 1309 Bridge to US 64 Bridge)
Toxaway River, Transylvania County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.69 miles long (Highway 64 to Lake Jocassee)
French Broad River - North Fork, Transylvania County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 7.2 miles long (Route 1326 Bridge to US Route 64 Bridge)
Horsepasture River, Transylvania County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.2 miles long (US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
 Ski Areas Near Eastatoe Creek:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 34 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 36 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 37 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Eastatoe Creek:
Lake Keowee Marina, Seneca , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Eastatoe Creek:
East Beach, Oconee , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Eastatoe Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BREVARD, Brevard , 16 miles away
Hampton Inn Brevard NC, Brevard , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn Clemson SC, Clemson , 19 miles away
Hotel Tillman, Clemson , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eastatoe Creek:
Lazy J Campground, Rosman, 4 miles away
our 100 Acre Woods - Primitive Campground, Brevard, 6 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway state Natural Area, Sunset, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Eastatoe Creek:
Art Loeb Trail, Transylvania , 15 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 16 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 16 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 18 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Eastatoe Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 37 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 62 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 7 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 8 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eastatoe Creek:
Rock Golf Course, Pickens , 4 miles away
Cliffs At Keowee Vineyards Golf, Sunset , 7 miles away
Reserve 1 Golf Course, Sunset , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Eastatoe Creek
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 7 miles away
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 8 miles away
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 10 miles away

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