This trip features lazy waters, wide river channels, and is perfect for beginners. Although the trip is longer in length, it makes for a great day trip and only has one or two small rapids that can become Class II in higher waters.
This Park offers an ADA accessible floating boat launch, allowing for easy access to the river for all. Additional features include ample paved parking and a grassy picnic area.
This river access is 600 feet west of the US 25 bridge, river-right. Pull cars completely off of the road and park in the clearing. Follow the trail 700 feet to the river.
The take out is a fifteen minute drive from Dolly Cooper Park, so shuttling cars could take a half hour or more. After putting in at Dolly Cooper Park, paddlers will cross under the remnants of an old bridge. From the old bridge to the Frontage Road/I-85 bridges, there are some Class I-II rapids, and then the river becomes flat water. There are 5 bridges total paddlers will cross under. After the 5th bridge, the take out is 5.6 miles downstream, river right, at the mouth of Big Brushy Creek. For more information see The Upper Saluda River Blueway map.