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 is open from 8 AM - 8 PM daily and features a large parking area, restrooms, and river access. River access is located across the street from parking. Avoid the dam and its facilities. Stay away from the dam. For more information, visit www.spartanburgparks.org. Contact 864-804-5814 for questions or to report issues.
A gravel pull off is located downstream (south) of the bridge, river right, with space for 2-3 cars. A short but steep trail leads to the bank which can become muddy during wet conditions, use caution.
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.