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South Carolina whitewater, Flat Shoal River

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

 

CLASS I-III     3 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Seneca, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch of Flat Shoal River in South Carolina is 3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance
    then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. This is a pretty short section
so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The campgrounds here at Flat Shoal River are pretty good. The wonderful Oconee County scenery and the sparkling  
of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Tamassee come to Flat Shoal River; why not take a refreshing hike along the Foothills Trail. Nothing beats kicking back at East Beach; visiting Oconee State Park is a good thing to do. At this river you will never have a bad time. The Winding Stairs Trail offers hiking at its best; a great place like Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests is too good to leave out. Flat Shoal River mostly gets a large amount of rainfall. The month of March is the wettest with most of the rain, and April is the month with the least moisture.

Flat Shoal River, Flat Shoals Bridge to Tanyard 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, 3 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 4.5 miles long (Highway 11 to Flat Shoals Bridge)
Little River - North Fork, Oconee County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Highway 11 to Tanyard Bridge)
Oconee Creek, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Highway 11 to Little River)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2.46 miles long (Walhalla Fish Hatchery to Chattooga)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 10 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.9 miles long (Highway 107 to Walhalla Fish Hatchery)
Sixmile Creek, Pickens County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (Jones Mill Road to Lake Issaqueena)
Whitewater, Oconee County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee)
Chattooga River, Oconee SC/ Rabun GA County, 12 miles away
      Class II-V - 11.3 miles long (Burrell's Ford to Highway 28 Bridge)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Flat Shoal River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 27 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 63 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 , 8 miles away
 Beaches Near Flat Shoal River:
East Beach, Oconee , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Flat Shoal River:
Days Inn Seneca, Seneca , 9 miles away
BEST WESTERN Executive Inn, Seneca , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn & Suites Seneca, Seneca , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Seneca, Seneca , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Clemson SC, Clemson , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Flat Shoal River:
High Falls Park, Seneca, 3 miles away
Crooked Creek Rv Park, West Union, 5 miles away
Oconee Station state Historic Site, Walhalla, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Flat Shoal River:
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 8 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 10 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 13 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Flat Shoal River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 52 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 61 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 7 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 8 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Flat Shoal River:
Falcon's Lair Golf Course, Walhalla , 3 miles away
Blue Ridge Golf Center, Walhalla , 7 miles away
Cliffs At Keowee Vineyards Golf, Sunset , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Flat Shoal River
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 8 miles away
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 8 miles away
Lake Keowee, Oconee , 8 miles away

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