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South Carolina whitewater, Pacolet

Spartanburg county, Clifton II to Lawson's Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     3.5 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in South Carolina are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. This stretch of Pacolet in Spartanburg County is 3.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The beautiful scenery of Spartanburg County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches
    in this river system, there are a few others too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. If you're coming from Spartanburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking,  
either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Pacolet is not far at all from Cowpens; spots like Croft State Park are magnificent to stop at. All the water falling down from the sky makes Pacolet a wet location. March is when you get the most rain here, and the driest month is April. High temperatures at Pacolet throughout the warmest time of the year are in the 80's; all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 50's, and night lows at Pacolet through the wintertime generally sink into the 20's.

Pacolet, Clifton II to Lawson's Fork 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 Pacolet.
 Whitewater Near Pacolet:
Lawsons Fork Creek, Spartanburg County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.75 miles long (Glendale to Goldmine Road)
Pacolet, Spartanburg County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Clifton II to Lawson's Fork)
Island Creek, Spartanburg County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cornmill Road Close to Mayo to Pacolet River)
Broad River, Rutherford County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.2 miles long (US Route 221 South Bridge to South Carolina Route 10 Bridge)
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)
Jimmies Creek, Spartanburg County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (I-26 to Tyger River)
Broad River, Cherokee/ York County, 17 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, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.5 miles long (New Hope Church Road to Horseshoe Falls Road)
South Tyger River, Spartanburg County, 21 miles away
      Class -blank- - 4.5 miles long (Berrys Mill Pond to South Carolina Route 417)
 Ski Areas Near Pacolet:
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 70 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 , 95 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Pacolet:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SPARTANBURG-NORTH, Spartanburg , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn SpartanburgNorth I85, Spartanburg , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn Gaffney, Gaffney , 9 miles away
Spartanburg Marriott, Spartanburg , 9 miles away
Sleep Inn Gaffney, Gaffney , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pacolet:
Croft state Natural Area, Spartanburg, 6 miles away
Pine Ridge Campground, Roebuck, 12 miles away
Foothills Family Campground, Forest City, 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pacolet:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 64 miles away
Croft State Park, South Carolina , 5 miles away
Kings Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 32 miles away
South Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pacolet:
Oak Ridge Country Club, Spartanburg , 3 miles away
The Creek Golf Club, Spartanburg , 5 miles away
Peach Valley Golf Course, Spartanburg , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Pacolet
Lake Whelchel, Cherokee , 15 miles away
Twin Lakes, Spartanburg , 16 miles away
Lake Bowen, Spartanburg , 17 miles away

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