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Upper Saluda River: Beacham Road to Souls Harbor (Lake Greenwood)

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Upper Saluda River: Beacham Road to Souls Harbor (Lake Greenwood)

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: Class I
Length: 6.8 miles
Duration: 3.5 - 6 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

Paddlers can expect mostly flat water with an occasional Class I rapid along the way. This trip is very beginner friendly and takes paddlers from the Saluda River into the clear wide channels of Lake Greenwood.

Access
Put in:
Beacham Road / Ware Shoals Community Foundation River Access and Parking Area
 Beacham Road, Ware Shoals, SC 29692
Access Details

From US Highway 25, turn west on to Beacham Road. Continue for 100 feet, then bear right into a dirt parking area. From the parking area, a trail leads 300 feet through the woods to a small beach along the river. The river is flatwater from this bridge in to Lake Greenwood.

Take out:
Souls Harbor Access and Roadside Parking
 1618 Hodges Road, Hodges, SC 29653
Access Details

This access features a one-lane boat ramp off Ridge Road on Lake Greenwood. Parking is available along the road's shoulder. Overnight or extended parking is not recommended.

Trip Details

Souls Harbor on Lake Greenwood is 15 minutes away from the Beacham Road access. To get to the Beacham Road access, turn west onto Beacham Road off of US Hwy 25. Continue for 100 feet and then bear right into a dirt parking area. From the parking area, a trail leads 300 feet  through the woods to a small beach along the river. Paddlers will see a set of stairs leading from the trail to the river, river right, and should enter the river here, upstream of the US Hwy 25 bridge. For more information see The Upper Saluda River Blueway map.

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bill michaud
Oct 16, 2021 3:25 pm EDT
The parking area at Beacham Road is dirt and gravel. This area could use some TLC. There was allot of trash. We put in at 1030 am, with two each 10 foot sit-in kayaks. Flow was 940 CFS. We had a good current pulling us down stream. It was a good ride with no rapids. To judge your distance you are about mid way when you pass under the utility wires. The last mile we had a cross breeze from right to left. Additionally, the water gets very shallow, and it got choppy. This stretch took a little more effort then earlier. We have paddles the central Saluda before. In comparison the central section is much cleaner. Unfortunately we forgot our gear to retrieve the trash. The take out point and parking area is gravel. Good float for families, since its easy and flat, except for the last mile being more open lake. It took us just under three hours to complete.
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Saluda River Beacham Road access (Credit: Upstate Forever)
stairs leading to river at Beacham Road access (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Souls Harbor Access (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Saluda River meets Lake Greenwood (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Setting out on our Adventure (Credit: Feat. Dawn McGuire by Meagan Dodgen)
1/3 of the way in. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for our trip 5/2/19 (Credit: Meagan Dodgen)
This beautiful little guy/gal had a tiny rock stuck in the back hindering his swimming so we fixed him up and sent him on his way 5/2/19 (Credit: Meagan Dodgen)
fun but long (Credit: avery)
Parking area at Beacham Road
Ramp at Souls Harbor
Parking area at Souls Harbor
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