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South Carolina whitewater, Saluda River

Greenville Pickens county, Saluda Dam to South Carolina Route 86 in Piedmont section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     16 miles
 
3/31/2007
This was a nice trip. Put in behind Riverside Tavern on Hwy124, went to Hwy86 in Piedmont. Only scratched the boats a couple times in the few small rapid areas. You will have to paddle about the last 4 or 5 miles due to the back water from the Piedmont dam. Trip took 5.5 hours at this time of the year with good flow in the river. I expected it to take much longer and paddled a bit every now and then. Some fallen trees but no
    problem going right thru them. Will defiantly go again for a relaxing day on the river. Says Hardrock

This section of Saluda River is 16 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater.
The scenic beauty of South Carolina and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. The put-in location is a short drive from Greenville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Saluda Dam to South Carolina Route 86 in Piedmont  
section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Greenville here, and Paris Mountain State Park is a great place to go.

Saluda River, Saluda Dam to South Carolina Route 86 in Piedmont 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 Saluda River.
 Whitewater Near Saluda River:
Saluda River, Pickens/Greenville County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 0.1 miles long (Speedway Play Spot - Park and Play upstream of 124)
Saluda River, Greenville/ Pickens County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 16 miles long (Saluda Dam to South Carolina Route 86 in Piedmont)
Reedy River, Greenville County, 6 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0.5 miles long (Reedy River Falls Historic Park)
Huff Creek, Greenville County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.9 miles long (Reedy Fork to Griffin Mill)
Reedy River, Greenville County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 2.6 miles long (Log Shoals Road to West Georgia Road)
North Saluda River, Greenville County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Route 89 to Saluda River)
Saluda River, Greenville/ Anderson/ Laurens County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (SR 247 to US25)
Double Branch, Anderson County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 0.5 miles long (US 178 to State Road 88)
Whitewater Outfitter - Appalachian Rivers Raft, Greenville County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Enoree River, Greenville/ Spartanburg County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (South Carolina Route 14 Pelham to South Carolina Route 296)
 Ski Areas Near Saluda River:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 62 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 62 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 92 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Saluda River:
Super 8 Piedmont Greenville Area, Piedmont , 0 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Piedmont Inn & Suites, Piedmont , 0 miles away
Hampton Inn Easley, Easley , 5 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Greenville, Greenville , 6 miles away
Swamp Rabbit Inn, Greenville , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saluda River:
Ivy Acres RV Park, Piedmont, 2 miles away
Springwood RV Park, Greenville, 6 miles away
Rainbow RV Park, Taylors, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saluda River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 47 miles away
Paris Mountain State Park, South Carolina , 11 miles away
Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina , 19 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saluda River:
Piedmont Golf Course, Piedmont , 2 miles away
Chanticleer Golf Course, Greenville , 5 miles away
Southern Oaks Golf Course, Easley , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Saluda River
Assembly Acres Camp Lake, Greenville , 15 miles away
Lake Cunningham, Greenville , 19 miles away

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