With many shoals at the Erwin Mill Road bridge, this trip starts off with exciting rapids. Paddlers will see a variety of wooded areas, rural countryside, and an abundance of wildlife. This short trip is perfect for experiencing Class II rapids.
River access is limited to the road right-of-way beside the bridge only. Do not use the path through the woods, it is private property. Limited roadside parking is available along the side of Erwin Mill Road, south/downstream of the bridge on river-left. The path to the river is brushy and has some riprap. This access is unofficial. Use at your own risk.
Very limited parking (~2 cars) is available along the side of Maddox Bridge Road, north/upstream of the bridge on river-left. A trail leads from the road to the river. This access is unofficial but widely used. Use at your own risk.
Maddox Bridge Road is a short 10 minute drive from Erwin Mill Road; shuttling cars should not take more than half an hour. This trip starts out with some exciting Class II rapids, shoals, and small drops. You will encounter more Class II rapids and shoals along the trip.
Upon nearing Maddox Bridge Road, paddlers will see an island. The island can be navigated on both the right and left channels, however the right channel may be easier. Maddox Bridge Road is the only road crossing along this trip. Take out upstream of the bridge, river left. A trail leads from the road to the river; very limited roadside parking is available. For more information see The Upper Saluda River Blueway map.
River access at Erwin Mill Road is limited to the road right-of-way beside the bridge only. Do not use the path through the woods, it is private property.