The Broad River tumbles over many small shoals and threads its way around forested islands along this scenic and secluded stretch. You are almost guaranteed to spot a Bald Eagle along this stretch of river.
Hand-carry access is available from the Palmetto Trail parking area. Follow the path down under the old railroad trestle that is now a part of the Palmetto Trail.
There is an alternative put-in access approximately 1 miles upstream, on the west bank of the river, at the SC Hwy 213 bridge.
Harbison State Forest provides a hand-carry access to the Broad River. Be sure to fill out a float plan and contact the Harbison State Forest office during business hours to get access to the canoe launch.
This is a good full-day of scenic and secluded paddling. This stretch of the Broad has very little development. There are no motor-boat launches and there are plenty of shallow shoals, so only paddle craft can take advantage of this remote stretch. You'll probably see more wildlife than other people on the water.
This trip begins at the trailhead for the Peak to Prosperity Passage of the Palmetto Trail. Camping is allowed at the trailhead (3-nights max). Be sure to take some time to explore this section of the Palmetto Trail before or after your paddle.
The trip ends at Harbison State Forest, with more than 2,000 acres and 30 miles of trails to explore on foot or on a mountain bike. Be sure to contact the forest office to file a float plan and gain access to the canoe launch.
The water is easily navigable. This trip was rated moderate because of the long distance and relative remoteness. It is recommended that at least one person in the group have paddling experience.