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South Carolina whitewater, Flat Shoal River

Oconee county, Highway 11 to Flat Shoals Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III(IV)     4.5 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Seneca, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nature scenery of South Carolina and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside South Carolina you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are
    less demanding. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Highway 11 to Flat Shoals Bridge stretch of Flat Shoal River is 4.5 miles
long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III(IV) section. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it  
on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
Oconee State Park is worth visiting if you're at Flat Shoal River, and there are plenty of people from Tamassee here. Good hiking is available along the Winding Stairs Trail. A spree to Flat Shoal River wouldn’t be complete without a tour to nearby Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests; there's magnificent hiking along the Foothills Trail. Through the summertime months at Flat Shoal River temperatures are mostly in the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's; night lows throughout the wintertime for Flat Shoal River tend to be in the 20's.

Flat Shoal River, Highway 11 to Flat Shoals Bridge 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 Flat Shoal River.
 Whitewater Near Flat Shoal River:
Flat Shoal River, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 3 miles long (Flat Shoals Bridge to Tanyard Bridge)
Flat Shoal River, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 4.5 miles long (Highway 11 to Flat Shoals Bridge)
Little River - North Fork, Oconee County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Highway 11 to Tanyard Bridge)
Oconee Creek, Oconee County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Highway 11 to Little River)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2.46 miles long (Walhalla Fish Hatchery to Chattooga)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.9 miles long (Highway 107 to Walhalla Fish Hatchery)
Whitewater, Oconee County, 10 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee)
Chattooga River, Oconee SC/ Rabun GA County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 11.3 miles long (Burrell's Ford to Highway 28 Bridge)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge)
Whitewater River, Jackson/Transylvania County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Bullpen Road to Highway 281)
 Ski Areas Near Flat Shoal River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 22 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 25 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 61 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Flat Shoal River:
Lake Keowee Marina, Seneca , 10 miles away
 Beaches Near Flat Shoal River:
East Beach, Oconee , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Flat Shoal River:
Days Inn Seneca, Seneca , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Seneca, Seneca , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN Executive Inn, Seneca , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn & Suites Seneca, Seneca , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Flat Shoal River:
Oconee Station state Historic Site, Walhalla, 4 miles away
High Falls Park, Seneca, 5 miles away
Tamassee Camp, Tamassee, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Flat Shoal River:
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 6 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 9 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 9 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 11 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Flat Shoal River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 52 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 59 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 6 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 6 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Flat Shoal River:
Falcon's Lair Golf Course, Walhalla , 3 miles away
Blue Ridge Golf Center, Walhalla , 8 miles away
Cliffs At Keowee Vineyards Golf, Sunset , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Flat Shoal River
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 8 miles away
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 8 miles away
Lake Keowee, Oconee , 10 miles away

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