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Pacolet River: Clifton Old Town to Clifton Beach

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Pacolet River: Clifton Old Town to Clifton Beach

Skill Level: Moderate
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Rapids: Class I , II
Length: 0.9 miles
Duration: 0.5 hours
Portaging: Yes
What to Expect

This section of the Pacolet River requires portaging the Clifton I and II Dams. Portage is available river-right around both dams. Paddlers can expect to encounter a few Class I rapids along this industrial stretch of the Pacolet River.

Access
Put in:
Clifton Old Town
Access Details

The parking area is located river-right, at the intersection of River Street and Old Schoolhouse Road.

Take out:
Clifton Beach
Access Details

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.

Trip Details

Clifton Beach is a short 5-minute drive from the Clifton Old Town River Access; shuttling cars would be quick and easy. The Clifton Old Town River Access is located off of River Street, northwest of the Town of Clifton. There is a gravel parking area and a short trail that leads to the river. 950 feet downstream of the put in, there is a set of shoals called "Big Shoals", with Class I-II rapids. After crossing under the first bridge (Cowpens Clifton Road), paddlers will come across the Clifton I Dam. Portaging the Clifton I and II Dams requires paddlers to exit the river and carry boats around the dams, re-entering the river downstream. Be advised that although these dams are not large, they pose significant hazards to paddlers. Paddlers should avoid the dams and their facilities, exiting the river well before the dams, and carefully re-entering below the dams, avoiding their tailrace. Once around the first dam, there are 1,300 feet of Class I-II shoals. The river then becomes relatively flat as it approaches the Clifton II dam. Exit the river well before the dam, river right. For additional information, view Upstate Forever's Pacolet River and Lawson's Fork Creek Blueway Map.

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paddlers on Clifton Beach (Credit: Upstate Forever)
view downstream Pacolet River from Clifton Beach (Credit: Upstate Forever)
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Parking - Dedicated Lot
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