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TOPIC: Paddling Upstate Rivers Near Spartanburg

Paddling Upstate Rivers Near Spartanburg 01 Mar 2017 12:55 #200

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Paddling is a popular activity in the Upstate of South Carolina. Severe whitewater enthusiasts enjoy the tough Chattooga River on the Georgia/South Carolina border. Numerous other picturesque rivers in the Upstate provide a more peaceful experience and opportunities to see wildlife or fish. Three rivers close to Spartanburg are perfect for outing.

The unspoiled Tyger River is considered by some to be the Upcountry's greatest 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 provide some whitewater for paddlers. Throughout heavy rain periods the rapids can be more challenging. The city of Spartanburg schedules a yearly Tame the Tyger Race and Festival each year in early April. The 2013 race will be April 6. A recreational float starts at 10am and the downriver race starts at <a href=http://www.juegosdemariobros.tv/uprofile.php?UID=497578> www.juegosdemariobros.tv/uprofile.php?UID=497578 </a> The occasion is for canoes and kayaks just; no tubes are allowed. Required registration cost is $25. After the race enjoy a free festival which includes BARBEQUE and bluegrass music. The launch point for the race is at Morris Bridge Road, and the secure and festival website is the camping area at Old Hills Bridge Road.

The Pacolet River flows simply east of Spartanburg. Two branches join ten miles north of town, and the river flows through Lake Blalock and ultimately signs up with the Broad River. The Pacolet has a constant existing. Trees line the riverbank, and there are not that numerous 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 small dam at Pacolet Mills. A convenient launch point is on SC Hwy 105 in Cherokee County. From here paddlers can go downstream into the Broad River and secure at the town of Lockhart.

The Enoree River, which implied "river of muscadines" to the Cherokee Indians, starts in Upstate South Carolina and streams through pine and hardwood forest. The river is generally narrow and shallow with some fallen trees to browse around. It is primarily flat water, however there are some significant rapids near the Greenville/Spartanburg area. Paddlers will have terrific chances to view hawks, herons, osprey, and otters. South of Spartanburg the Enoree River streams through Sumter National Forest. This area of river is known as the Enoree Water Path. There is no whitewater on this stretch. There is a canoe and kayak access point at Musgrove Mill State Historic Website. Info on regional get and launches is offered 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 must expect seasonal flooding in this area.

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 enjoy modern luxuries and recreation in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Hampton Inn & Suites Spartanburg Hotel on North I-85 is positioned to offer simple access to the Duncan business centers and is simply minutes from Wofford College. Guests can take a brief drive into Greenville to see historic landmarks or enjoy first-rate home entertainment.

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