This stretch is primarily flatwater as the South Tyger River enters Berry Shoals Pond. Beginner friendly and short, this trip can be done in a half day or less.
The parking area and river access is located northwest of the road, or river-right, before South Spencer Street turns in to Duncan Reidville Road. Pull cars completely off the road and park on the upstream left side of the river (northwest side). Follow the grassy path down to the river. The bank is steep at this river access, so paddlers should use caution when entering the river. Please do not climb on the fence or enter the pasture lands to the right of the parking area, as this is private property with livestock.
Brown's Bait and Tackle shop located on Berry Shoals Road offers parking, boat ramp/launch site, and fishing from the banks. The store is open 7 days a week from 7 AM to 6 PM. There is a $3 boat launch/parking fee applicable to paddlers.
The take out on Berry Shoals Pond is 10 minutes away from South Spencer Street. Portage boats 200 feet to the river, putting in upstream of the South Spencer Street bridge. After crossing under the South Spencer Street bridge, paddlers will cross under three more bridges, including the I-85 bridge, before the river enters Berry Shoals Pond. The take out is located at Brown's Bait and Tackle, on the right side of the pond upstream of the Berry Shoals Road bridge. For more information view the Tyger River Blueway map.