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Oconee county, Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V+     2.4 miles
  The Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee section of Whitewater is 2.4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-V+ section. The starting point is not too far from Seneca, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in
    this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might
have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. The nature scenery of South Carolina and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find  
lots of paddling spots. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee stretch is just one of many. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
Keowee-Toxaway State Park is a splendid place, and if you're here you will meet lots of people from close by Sapphire. And if that's not enough there's lots more exciting things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Put some time aside to spend at Upper Falls if you're here at Whitewater. If the weather is nice here at Whitewater, you can go for a hike along the Foothills Trail.

Whitewater, Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee 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 Whitewater.
 Whitewater Near Whitewater:
Whitewater, Oconee County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 2.4 miles long (Base of Upper Falls to Lake Jocassee)
Thompson River, Transylvania County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.2 miles long (North Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.9 miles long (Highway 107 to Walhalla Fish Hatchery)
Horsepasture River, Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.2 miles long (US Route 281 to Lake Jocassee)
Whitewater River, Jackson/Transylvania County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Bullpen Road to Highway 281)
Chattooga River - East Fork, Oconee County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2.46 miles long (Walhalla Fish Hatchery to Chattooga)
Little River - North Fork, Oconee County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Highway 11 to Tanyard Bridge)
Chattooga River, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (North Carolina 1107 to Bull Pen Bridge)
Toxaway River, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.69 miles long (Highway 64 to Lake Jocassee)
Toxaway River - Upper, Transylvania County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Lake Toxaway)
 Ski Areas Near Whitewater:
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 21 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 24 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 31 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 54 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Whitewater:
Lake Keowee Marina, Seneca , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Whitewater:
Hampton Inn - Suites Cashiers-Sapphire Valley, Sapphire , 7 miles away
Innisfree Bed And Breakfast By, Cashiers , 8 miles away
Bluegreen Club Lodges Trillium, Ascend Resort Collection, Cashiers , 12 miles away
The Park On Main Hotel, Highlands , 14 miles away
Half Mile Farm, Highlands , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Whitewater:
Sloan Bridge Campground, Oconee County, 3 miles away
Westridge, Lake Toxaway, 6 miles away
Devils Fork State Park, Salem, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Whitewater:
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 3 miles away
Foothills Trail, Oconee , 3 miles away
Winding Stairs Trail, Oconee , 8 miles away
Ellicott Rock Trail, Macon , 9 miles away
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail, Jackson , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Whitewater:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 45 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 52 miles away
Francis Marion-Sumter National Forests, South Carolina , 4 miles away
Keowee-Toxaway State Park, South Carolina , 10 miles away
Oconee State Park, South Carolina , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Whitewater:
Burlingame Country Club, Sapphire , 5 miles away
Headwaters Golf Club, Cashiers , 6 miles away
Red Bird Golf Links, Sapphire , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Whitewater
Lake Jocassee, Oconee , 7 miles away
Lake Jocasse, Oconee , 7 miles away
Lake Toxaway, Transylvania , 8 miles away

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