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South Carolina whitewater, Lawsons Fork Creek

Spartanburg county, Glendale to Goldmine Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     3.75 miles
  The Glendale to Goldmine Road section of Lawsons Fork Creek is 3.75 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. The starting location is a short drive from Spartanburg, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in South Carolina are easier than the national norm, so keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for
    beginners. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The wonderful South Carolina scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile.
The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're visiting Lawsons Fork
 
Creek from Pacolet, you won't be the only one, and Croft State Park is a nice location. All the water falling down from the sky makes Lawsons Fork Creek a wet location. March is the wettest month with most rain; April is when it's the driest. For the period of the warm days of summer here at Lawsons Fork Creek, high temperatures mostly get into the 80's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 60's. Highs through the winter are ordinarily in the 50's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Lawsons Fork Creek.

Lawsons Fork Creek, Glendale to Goldmine Road 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 Lawsons Fork Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lawsons Fork Creek:
Lawsons Fork Creek, Spartanburg County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.75 miles long (Glendale to Goldmine Road)
Pacolet, Spartanburg County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Clifton II to Lawson's Fork)
Island Creek, Spartanburg County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cornmill Road Close to Mayo to Pacolet River)
North Tyger River, Spartanburg County, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (Route 231 to Route 113)
North Tyger River, Spartanburg County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Route 231 to South Tyger River)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.2 miles long (US Route 221 South Bridge to South Carolina Route 10 Bridge)
Jimmies Creek, Spartanburg County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (I-26 to Tyger River)
Broad River, Cherokee/ York County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.9 miles long (South Carolina Route 18 Bridge to South Carolina Route 211 Bridge)
Cedar Shoals Creek, Spartanburg County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.5 miles long (New Hope Church Road to Horseshoe Falls Road)
Enoree River, Spartanburg/ Laurens border County, 21 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.5 miles long (South Carolina Route 49 to South Carolina Route 56)
 Ski Areas Near Lawsons Fork Creek:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 75 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Lawsons Fork Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SPARTANBURG-NORTH, Spartanburg , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn SpartanburgNorth I85, Spartanburg , 8 miles away
Spartanburg Marriott, Spartanburg , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Gaffney, Gaffney , 9 miles away
Sleep Inn Gaffney, Gaffney , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lawsons Fork Creek:
Croft state Natural Area, Spartanburg, 6 miles away
Pine Ridge Campground, Roebuck, 11 miles away
Foothills Family Campground, Forest City, 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lawsons Fork Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 64 miles away
Croft State Park, South Carolina , 4 miles away
Kings Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 32 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lawsons Fork Creek:
Oak Ridge Country Club, Spartanburg , 2 miles away
The Creek Golf Club, Spartanburg , 5 miles away
Peach Valley Golf Course, Spartanburg , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Lawsons Fork Creek
Lake Whelchel, Cherokee , 15 miles away
Twin Lakes, Spartanburg , 16 miles away
Lake Bowen, Spartanburg , 18 miles away

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