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Town Creek: Town Creek Park to Shady Grove Road (Unofficial)

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Town Creek: Town Creek Park to Shady Grove Road (Unofficial)

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: Class II , IV
Length: 2.2 miles
Duration: 1 - 1.9 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

Beginning at Town Creek Park in Pickens, this stretch includes some exciting whitewater  There is a high potential for woody debris in this section. Paddling may be difficult in lower water levels, especially during the summer months.

Access
Put in:
Town Creek Park River Access and Parking Area
 238 W. Jones Avenue, Picken, SC 29671
Access Details

This 100-acre park has a variety of recreation offerings including dirt bike trails and jumps, sports fields, walking trails, playgrounds, and creek access. River access is located at the Pickens Rec. Center (1), Pickens Jaycee Park (2), and at the Volunteer Field (3). All three accesses include parking, and paddlers can walk along the paved trail to get to all accesses. For more information, click here.

Take out:
Shady Grove Road River Access and Roadside Parking (Unofficial)
 316 Shady Grove Road, Pickens, SC 29671
Access Details

River access and parking are located upstream river-left. Please park along the road and do not block driveways. This access is unofficial. Use at your own risk.

Trip Details

Paddlers can begin this trip at either of the three accesses within Town Creek. River access is located at the Pickens Rec. Center (1), Pickens Jaycee Park (2), and at the Volunteer Field (3). All three accesses include parking, and paddlers can walk along the paved trail to get to all accesses. For more information, click here. The take out on Shady Grove Road is less than 5 minutes away. Once on the river, paddlers will experience some exciting Class II-IV rapids. After crossing under the Reece Mill Road bridge, the creek slows down. The second bridge paddlers will come upon is the Shady Grove Road bridge. Follow the left side of the creek and exit upstream of the bridge, river left.

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river access at Town Creek Park (Credit: Upstate Forever)
Town Creek at Town Creek Park (Credit: Upstate Forever)
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