This lengthy but lazy trip is characterized by slow moving waters, rural scenery, and culturally significant points of interest, including Grindall and Skull Shoals. This trip is suitable for novice paddlers who want an extended day trip.
To get to the put in off of Montgomery Road, turn onto the gravel road across from the Pacolet Town Hall Building; follow the gravel/dirt road for 0.35 miles to the end. There will be signs on Montgomery Road indicating where to turn onto the gravel road. The river access is along the channel downstream from the Lower Pacolet Mills Dam. Restrooms are available adjacent to the water tower by the bridge on Sunny Acres Drive. Paddling in between the two dams is not permitted.
This is the last road crossing before the confluence of the Pacolet River with the Broad River. This is an established parking area and river access, with parking available in a dirt lot on river-left. The next established take-out location is the Town of Lockhart approximately 12 miles downstream (a 4.5 hour paddle).
Skull Shoals River Access is 20-25 minutes away from the Lower Pacolet Shoals put in, so shuttling cars could take close to an hour. This section is characterized by its slower moving water/flatwater. Although this stretch of the Pacolet River is primarily rural in nature and includes slower moving waters, this is not an ideal beginner-friendly paddle trip due to the length of the trip. The Skull Shoals River Access is located at the second road crossing along this stretch. Take out downstream of the bridge (Skull Shoals Road) river left. This is the last take out before the confluence of the Pacolet and Broad Rivers. For additional information, view Upstate Forever's Pacolet River and Lawson's Fork Creek Blueway Map.