Good playboat run. Several rapids with good waves, holes, and palyspots.
Biggest and most fun rapid on the run is just downstream of where the North Saluda comes in on river left.
Quite a bit of flatwater between the rapids but still a fun run with a playboat.
And thanks for updating the Run levels, Garrick. That may let a few more people try this nice run. I'd probably re-do it right down to around 1.90 if I were hungry for it.
Thanks for the additional information on the flow and the pictures. I've done this a few times but always forget to take pictures.
Ran yesterday at 2.24 and thought the level ideal for the rapids. Barely scraped, but ideal action. I've done some of this at 4.0 and it's washed out. Up to 3.0 may leave some drops though. We found 3 class II's below the confluence with N. Saluda.
If you like an easier, more parking-friendly put-in (& gauge is above 4.50) you can start above Hwy 186 at the Freeman Bridge. That mostly just adds 4 miles of strainers though, and below 3.5 - 4.0, there's 2 logs to lift over.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
Put-in is off of Dacusville Road. Park off the road on downstream river right. Be respectful of the private property.
Takeout is on river right where the road comes down to the river just before the Old Hunt's Bridge Road bridge crosses the river.
Last of the 3 best rapids
1st of the 3 best rapids
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