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South Carolina whitewater, Whetstone Creek

Oconee county, Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III(V)     1.5 miles
  The scenic beauty of South Carolina and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford section of Whetstone Creek in South Carolina is 1.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III(V)
    section of whitewater. The campgrounds here at Whetstone Creek are pretty good. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. This stretch is short
so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Seneca, please print out a copy  
of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford stretch is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Black Rock Mountain State Park is a splendid site to stretch your legs a bit, and going for a hike along the Chattooga Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this vicinity. Just can't get enough of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you're here at Whetstone Creek it's always fun to stop by Oconee State Park; while you're here you can take a hike along the Bartram Trail.

Whetstone Creek, Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Whetstone Creek.
 Whitewater Near Whetstone Creek:
Whetstone Creek, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 1.5 miles long (Sandy Ford Access Road to Sandy Ford)
Whitewater Outfitter - Nantahala Outdoor Center, Oconee County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Warwoman Creek, Rabun County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.2 miles long (Earl's Ford Road to Chattooga River)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 9.8 miles long (Route 290 /Cassidy Bridge Road to Cobbs Bridge Road)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.4 miles long (Route 193 to Route 290/Cassidy Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
Chattooga River, Rabun GA / Oconee SC County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV+(V) - 5.2 miles long (Route 76 Bridge to Tugaloo Lake Boat Ramp)
Chattooga River - West Fork, Rabun County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Overflow Creek Road Bridge to Highway 28 Boater's Access)
Chauga River, Oconee County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Verner Mill Road to Blackwell Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Whetstone Creek:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 10 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 11 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 53 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Whetstone Creek:
Anchorage Boat Dock, Clayton , 11 miles away
Lakemont Marine, Lakemont , 15 miles away
Anchorage Marine, Clayton , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Whetstone Creek:
Days Inn Clayton, Clayton , 11 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Clayton , 11 miles away
Mitchells Lodge And Cottages, Highlands , 11 miles away
Beechwood Inn Bed Breakfast And Wine Cellar, Clayton , 11 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Mt. Chalet, Clayton , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Whetstone Creek:
Whetstone Horse Camp, Mountain Rest, 1 miles away
Timmy Place, Mountain Rest, 1 miles away
Turpin Branch, Mountain Rest, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Whetstone Creek:
Chattooga Trail, Rabun , 2 miles away
Bartram Trail, Rabun , 6 miles away
Burrells Ford Trail, Rabun , 7 miles away
Three Forks Trail, Rabun , 7 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Whetstone Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 52 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 63 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 10 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 12 miles away
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Whetstone Creek:
Kingwood Golf Club & Resort, Clayton , 9 miles away
Old Edwards Club, Highlands , 9 miles away
Sky Valley Resort, Dillard , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Whetstone Creek
Yonah Lake, Stephens , 12 miles away
Cliffside Lake, Macon , 13 miles away
Stonecypher Lake, Stephens , 20 miles away

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