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South Carolina whitewater, Saluda River

Greenville county, Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     2 miles
  The nature scenery of Greenville County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in South Carolina is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This stretch of Saluda River is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-IV section. The starting location is a reasonable
    drive from Brevard, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. There are so many sections to paddle in this river
system, the Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Road section is just one of many. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Jones Gap State Park is both good and scenic, and it's near Saluda River; close by you stumble on perfect places like Buck Hollow. Saluda River is in close proximity to Caesars Head State Park which is a stunning location, and Saluda River is a spot with many visitors from Marietta. This is such a fun river. Don't leave Saluda River without first going for a hike along the Mullinax Trail. What would a site like Saluda River be without exciting nearby characteristics like Cleveland Cliff. Saluda River generally gets much rain. March is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest of the months is January.

Saluda River, Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek 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 Saluda River.
 Whitewater Near Saluda River:
Saluda River, Greenville County, 1 miles away
      Class I-IV - 2 miles long (Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Road)
Saluda River, Greenville County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (County Road 41 to South Saluda River)
Oilcamp creek, Greenville County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Oilcamp Road)
Saluda River, Greenville County, 3 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Jones Gap Trail to Park)
South Saluda River, Greenville County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Blyth Shoals - Highway 11 to Talley Bridge)
Little River, Transylvania County, 5 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)
South Saluda River, Greenville/ Pickens County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 15 miles long (Table Rock Reservoir to Highway 288)
Matthews Creek, Greenville County, 7 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 6 miles long (Raven Cliff Falls to US 276)
North Saluda River, Greenville County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Route 89 to Saluda River)
 Ski Areas Near Saluda River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 44 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 47 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 53 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 56 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 75 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 76 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 85 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Saluda River:
Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest , 8 miles away
Travelers Rest Inn, Travelers Rest , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Greenville-Travelers Rest, Travelers Rest , 13 miles away
Inn On Church, Hendersonville , 13 miles away
1898 Waverly Inn, Hendersonville , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saluda River:
Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland, 5 miles away
Pleasant Ridge County Park, Marietta, 5 miles away
Solitude Pointe, Cleveland, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Saluda River:
Mullinax Trail, Transylvania , 15 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 17 miles away
Laurel Mountain Trail, Henderson , 18 miles away
Pilot Rock Trail, Transylvania , 20 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saluda River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 27 miles away
Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina , 2 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 3 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saluda River:
Champion Hills Club, Hendersonville , 10 miles away
Cummings Cove Golf & Country, Hendersonville , 10 miles away
Crooked Creek Golf Club, Hendersonville , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Saluda River
Summit Camp Lake, Transylvania , 4 miles away
Crooked Creek Lake, Henderson , 11 miles away
Lake Bonclarken, Henderson , 12 miles away

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