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South Carolina whitewater, Matthews Creek

Greenville county, Raven Cliff Falls to US 276 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V(V+)     6 miles
  The Raven Cliff Falls to US 276 stretch of Matthews Creek in South Carolina is 6 miles long and it is classified as a class III-V(V+) section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of South Carolina and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. If you're coming
    from Brevard it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Raven Cliff Falls to US
276 section is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is wonderful. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The average South Carolina whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're  
visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Matthews Creek you can take a hike along the Mullinax Trail, and a visit to Table Rock State Park is a magnificent idea. Life's too short to enjoy all the exciting stuff in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The nice people of Cleveland like to hang out nearby; a magnificent location like Caesars Head State Park is too great to leave out. This is a really good river. Raven Cliff is an out of the ordinary place to pop by while at Matthews Creek.

Matthews Creek, Raven Cliff Falls to US 276 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 Matthews Creek.
 Whitewater Near Matthews Creek:
South Saluda River, Greenville/ Pickens County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 15 miles long (Table Rock Reservoir to Highway 288)
Matthews Creek, Greenville County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 6 miles long (Raven Cliff Falls to US 276)
Saluda River, Greenville County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Jones Gap Trail to Park)
Oilcamp creek, Greenville County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Oilcamp Road)
South Saluda River, Greenville County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Blyth Shoals - Highway 11 to Talley Bridge)
Carrick Creek, Pickens County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Green Creek Con Fork to Pinnacle Lake)
Saluda River, Greenville County, 5 miles away
      Class I-IV - 2 miles long (Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Road)
Little River, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (Triple Falls)
Little River, Transylvania County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Base of Triple Falls to Hooker Falls)
French Broad River - East Fork, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5.5 miles long (East Fork Road at Laurel Branch to French Broad River)
 Ski Areas Near Matthews Creek:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 50 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 72 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 82 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 82 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Matthews Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BREVARD, Brevard , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn Brevard NC, Brevard , 11 miles away
Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest , 14 miles away
Days Inn Easley West Of Greenville/Clemson Area, Easley , 16 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Easley, Easley , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Matthews Creek:
Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland, 1 miles away
Palmetto Cove, Cleveland, 2 miles away
Solitude Pointe, Cleveland, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Matthews Creek:
Mullinax Trail, Transylvania , 14 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 15 miles away
Laurel Mountain Trail, Henderson , 18 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 18 miles away
Buck Spring Trail, Transylvania , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Matthews Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 29 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 69 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 3 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 5 miles away
Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Matthews Creek:
Connestee Falls Golf Course, Brevard , 7 miles away
Glen Cannon Country Club, Brevard , 10 miles away
Rock Golf Course, Pickens , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Matthews Creek
Summit Camp Lake, Transylvania , 5 miles away
Crooked Creek Lake, Henderson , 16 miles away
Lake Bonclarken, Henderson , 18 miles away

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