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South Carolina whitewater, Saluda River

Greenville county, Jones Gap Trail to Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     2 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in South Carolina are often more forgiving than in other states, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. The scenic beauty of Greenville County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The nearby hotels are a bit away from
    the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Jones Gap Trail to Park section is just one of them. You might be into whitewater
rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. When you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The starting location is a short drive from Brevard, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Saluda River in Greenville County is 2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-V section  
of whitewater. There's camping available near Saluda River. This section is quite short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
Jones Gap State Park is a great spot to stop at on a delightful day, and Cleveland Cliff is a fine location to pop by while in the region. And that's not all there is to do here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lower Gap is a magnificent place to explore in close proximity to Saluda River; at Saluda River you always meet someone from Cleveland. A river like this is too good to miss. Don't leave Saluda River without first paying a visit to Rainbow Falls.

Saluda River, Jones Gap Trail to Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Saluda River.
 Whitewater Near Saluda River:
Saluda River, Greenville County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (Jones Gap Trail to Park)
Saluda River, Greenville County, 1 miles away
      Class I-IV - 2 miles long (Jones Gap State Park to Gap Creek Road)
Oilcamp creek, Greenville County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Oilcamp Road)
South Saluda River, Greenville County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Blyth Shoals - Highway 11 to Talley Bridge)
Saluda River, Greenville County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (County Road 41 to South Saluda River)
South Saluda River, Greenville/ Pickens County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 15 miles long (Table Rock Reservoir to Highway 288)
Little River, Transylvania County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.75 miles long (Triple Falls)
Little River, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Base of Triple Falls to Hooker Falls)
Matthews Creek, Greenville County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 6 miles long (Raven Cliff Falls to US 276)
North Saluda River, Greenville County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Route 89 to Saluda River)
 Ski Areas Near Saluda River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 43 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 , 50 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 54 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 75 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Saluda River:
Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BREVARD, Brevard , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Brevard, Brevard , 12 miles away
The Inn At Brevard, Brevard , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Greenville-Travelers Rest, Travelers Rest , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saluda River:
Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland, 3 miles away
Solitude Pointe, Cleveland, 4 miles away
Ultimate Ride Campground, Cedar Mountain, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Saluda River:
Mullinax Trail, Transylvania , 14 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Transylvania , 16 miles away
Laurel Mountain Trail, Henderson , 17 miles away
Thompson Ridge Trail, Transylvania , 18 miles away
Pilot Rock Trail, Transylvania , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saluda River:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 27 miles away
Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina , 1 miles away
Jones Gap State Park, South Carolina , 4 miles away
Table Rock State Park, South Carolina , 10 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saluda River:
Connestee Falls Golf Course, Brevard , 10 miles away
Glen Cannon Country Club, Brevard , 10 miles away
Cummings Cove Golf & Country, Hendersonville , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Saluda River
Summit Camp Lake, Transylvania , 3 miles away
Crooked Creek Lake, Henderson , 12 miles away
Lake Bonclarken, Henderson , 14 miles away

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