This is a very popular paddling trip on the Pacolet River with Class I and II rapids. Paddlers can expect to see a combination of slow slow moving water and short sections of rapids along rural scenery.
Clifton Beach, directly below Clifton II Dam, is a sandy beach put-in located along Goldmine Road. Parking is available across the street in the established gravel lot.
Parking and river access are available downstream of the bridge, river-right. If paddling from Clifton Beach, turn right from the Pacolet River and paddle 0.2 miles upstream along Lawson's Fork Creek to the Goldmine Road Bridge.
Goldmine Road is a short 5 minute drive from Clifton Beach; shuttling cars should be quick and easy. This section features several stretches of Class I-II+ rapids. There are no road crossings along this section. About 0.8 miles into the trip, paddlers will come across two islands; stay to the left of both islands. Upon nearing the confluence of Lawson's Fork Creek with the Pacolet River, there is another small island; stay to the right, and then turn to paddle upstream along Lawson's Fork Creek until reaching the Goldmine Road bridge. In very low and very high waters, paddling upstream may become difficult. For additional information, view Upstate Forever's Pacolet River and Lawson's Fork Creek Blueway Map.