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Tyger River: Nesbitt Shoals Park to Old Hills Bridge Road (Unofficial)

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Tyger River: Nesbitt Shoals Park to Old Hills Bridge Road (Unofficial)

Skill Level: Moderate
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Rapids: Class I , II
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: 1.8 - 2.3 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

This trip begins at the popular Tyger 10 Nature Park along the main stem of the Tyger River and includes exciting Class I-II rapids and shoals. This shorter trip is great for novice paddlers and is the last section along the Tyger River Blueway.

Access
Put in:
Nesbitt Shoals Park
 3100 Walnut Grove Road, Roebuck, SC 29376
Access Details

Nesbitt Shoals Park is the first public river access along the Tyger River, located just a few minutes off of I-26 (Exit 35). Provided by the Tyger River Foundation, the park offers parking, trails, river access, and picnic tables. 

Take out:
Old Hills Bridge Road River Access and Roadside Parking (Unofficial)
 2080 Old Hills Bridge Road, Enoree, SC 29335
Access Details

Limited roadside parking is available, river-right. Pull cars completely off the road and avoid parking on private property or blocking driveways. Access the river downstream river-right and stay close to the bridge. This is the last take-out; paddlers should exit the river here. This access is unofficial; use at your own risk. 

Trip Details

Old Hills Bridge road is a short 7 minute drive from the Tyger 10 Nature Park; shuttling cars should not take more than 20-30 minutes. The Tyger 10 Nature Park has plenty of parking, walking trails, and educational displays. Paddlers will put in above the Walnut Grove Road bridge, river left. Immediately after putting in, paddlers will cross under the Walnut Grove Road bridge and encounter some shoals/Class I rapids along the way. 1,300 feet downstream of the bridge, paddlers will encounter Class II shoals/rapids and a 400 foot long island. Paddlers should follow the wider channel around the island, 2.6 miles into the trip, paddlers will come across another island, 0.25 miles in length. Stay to the right of this island. Upon nearing the Old Hills Road bridge, paddlers should stay to the left side of the river and exit the river downstream of the bridge, river left. At the Old Hills Road bridge, park east of the road, river left on the shoulder of an old roadbed. A drive leads to a gate on private property and the old roadbed is to the left before the gate. A trail leads downhill to the river. Paddlers should note that this is the last take out on the Tyger River Blueway. For more information see the Tyger River Blueway map.

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Comments (2)

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Chad Teague
May 13, 2018 5:23 pm EDT
Does anyone know why they have posted "no parking anytime" signs on both sides of the road at the Old Hills Bridge Rd take out?
Charles Hudson
Jan 30, 2018 7:59 pm EST
"At the Old Hills Road bridge, park east of the road, river left on the shoulder of an old roadbed. A drive leads to a gate on private property and the old roadbed is to the left before the gate." You might need to check the take out. The area that was being used for parking is under new ownership and is no longer available for parking. The drive leads to a private residence, and must not be blocked.
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