Paddling is a popular activity in the Upstate of South Carolina. Major whitewater lovers love the challenging Chattooga River on the Georgia/South Carolina border. Numerous other beautiful rivers in the Upstate provide a more serene experience and opportunities to see wildlife or fish. 3 rivers near Spartanburg are perfect for outing.
The pristine Tyger River is thought about by some to be the Upcountry's biggest treasure. The river has a North and South branch that come together north of Spartanburg. Some Class I and II rapids on the upper area supply some whitewater for paddlers. During heavy rain periods the rapids can be more difficult. The city of Spartanburg schedules an annual Tame the Tyger Race and Celebration each year in early April. The 2013 race will be April 6. A recreational float begins at 10am and the downriver race starts at http://sakura-boo-boo.jp/userinfo.php?uid=2349670 The occasion is for canoes and kayaks only; no tubes are enabled. Needed registration fee is $25. After the race enjoy a totally free festival that includes BBQ and bluegrass music. The launch point for the race is at Morris Bridge Road, and the secure and festival site is the camping site at Old Hills Bridge Road.
The Pacolet River flows simply east of Spartanburg. 2 branches join 10 miles north of town, and the river flows through Lake Blalock and eventually signs up with the Broad River. The Pacolet has a constant existing. Trees line the riverbank, and there are not that lots of gain access to points. Paddlers will see a range of wildlife including wild turkeys, turtles, excellent blue herons, egrets, osprey, beavers, and white tail deer. Paddlers will have to portage around a little dam at Pacolet Mills. A practical launch point is on SC Hwy 105 in Cherokee County. From here paddlers can go downstream into the Broad River and get at the town of Lockhart.
The Enoree River, which suggested "river of muscadines" to the Cherokee Indians, begins in Upstate South Carolina and flows through pine and hardwood forest. The river is generally narrow and shallow with some fallen trees to navigate around. It is primarily flat water, but there are some considerable rapids near the Greenville/Spartanburg location. Paddlers will have great opportunities to view hawks, herons, osprey, and otters. South of Spartanburg the Enoree River flows through Sumter National park. This section of river is referred to as the Enoree Water Trail. There is no whitewater on this stretch. There is a canoe and kayak gain access to point at Musgrove Mill State Historic Website. Information on local take outs and launches is available at the park's Visitor Center. Another popular gain access to point at the northern edge of the national forest is near the town of Clinton. The launch is at Jones Bridge on SC Hwy 98 at the Laurens County and Union County line. Paddlers need to watch for seasonal flooding in this location.
Dawn Allison is the General Manager at the Hampton Inn Spartanburg. This Spartanburg Hotel invites visitors to step back in time to the colonial age or indulge in modern high-ends and leisure in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Hampton Inn & Suites Spartanburg Hotel on North I-85 is situated to offer easy access to the Duncan service centers and is simply minutes from Wofford College. Visitors can take a short drive into Greenville to see historical landmarks or delight in world-class entertainment.
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