Enoree - 1. SC Route 14, Pelham, to SC Route 296


Enoree, South Carolina, US

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1. SC Route 14, Pelham, to SC Route 296

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 11 fpm
Max Gradient 28 fpm

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low water
Photo of Don Frank by Ryan taken 09/15/09

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ENOREE RIVER AT PELHAM, SC
usgs-02160326 4.00 - 8.00 ft II-III 01h07m 3.93 ft (too low)
For flow recommendations, see the comments tab.


River Description

Takeout below the confluence with Abner Creek.
Todd Corey shared:
I ran this section on 4/24 with my 14- and 11-yr-old. We put on at 2 pm and took off at 5 pm. The river was running at 5.5' and was a great level for an entry level kayaker. The kids walked the dam and the last rapid. Other than that, everything was good to go. There are a few places to play as well, so take your playboat with you. Just don't spend too much time underwater since it isn't the cleanest whitewater you can find. The people walking the trail along river right of the river enjoyed the show. It also makes it easy for you to get out and hike back up to the top of a rapid in case you want to run it again. This is primarily class II with a couple of class III's thrown in. We enjoyed the trip and will head back again given the right water levels.

Another commenter:
I've paddled this section three times. At below 4 ft it's very rocky in spots. At almost 5ft it's a good paddle with some great little spots especially the spot in one of the pics....great playspot. I would recommend running this at 5 or 6 ft for a great ride...the takeout at 296 is no a fun hike with a kayak...beware.....we took out there and my friend got attacked by yellow jackets....there is a nest if you take out river left be careful and stay on the path.

Jim Spears contributed:
I have only paddled this section once several years ago. It is in a fairly developed area now. On river right for the first mile or so there are large houses. This section has some nice small whitewater features. The problem is that the takeout at the first bridge Hwy. 296 (Reidville Rd.) was real grown up. We opted to paddle the next section also from Hwy. 296 to Hwy. 417. That was a mistake. There were an incredible number of riverwide deadfalls on that section. We ended up pushing our canoes down the river and lifting them over the obtacles. The upper section, however, is something to look at for easy whitewater that is very close to I-85 and Greenville-Spartanburg. This would be a good trip for beginner paddlers at a good water level.


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Last Updated: 2012-08-09 03:45:41

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User Comments

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June 6 2017 (503 days ago)
Glenn AtkissonDetails
Ran today with water at 4.22. It's slightly, noticeably better than when we did it last year at
only 3.90. Still, closer to 5.0 would be better. The cross-stream tree before you find your first
rapid is still there, but can be scooted under at this level. No other trees are a problem. Didn't
find any clear paths at the Hwy 296 bridge, so we again tugged the kayaks up Vines Creek (called
Abner Creek by others here) marked by the 2 rope swings. Take out is creek left far side of
Bennet's Bridge Rd. bridge. Someone even had mowed down all the grass and poison Ivy on that side
of the bridge to make a clean carry path. Thank you! Pulling a kayak up a shallow, cool, sandy
bottomed creek for 400 yards is sure easier than porting it up some infested trail to reach Hwy
296.
August 19 2016 (794 days ago)
Glenn AtkissonDetails
Ran mid-day 8-18-2016 water level 3.90. There are a few cross-stream trees, one of which you can
barely scoot under at this low level. The others you can scoot over and would be no problem with
higher water. Some drops are not worth doing at this low level, but a few still challenge. I
skipped the ones with too much exposed rock. The way that 4.0 feet is "runnable" is more that you
can possibly find a way to stay off the many mid-river sand bars and make decent time down the
river, than it is an indication that most of the drops are runnable. Only about half are carrying
enough water. Recommendations to stay over 5.0 feet seem reasonable for a good run. After scouting
possible takeouts 2 days ago, including at the 296 bridge which is still overgrown, I walked down
Vines (Abner) Creek from Bennett's Bridge Rd. and found it shallow enough to walk easily on the
sandy bottom. It's 400 yards from it's confluence with the River to Bennett's bridge, so we did the
take out by walking up the creek, towing the kayaks in 4-6 inches of clear water with a clean sandy
bottom. There's some room for parking by the bridge over Vines and a nearly clear trail up on
creek-left, far side. See picture added today for this easy, low-water walk out. There is no
signage indicating this is not an allowable exit point.
July 25 2011 (2646 days ago)
Matt MuirDetails
Erik Olsen shared: Enoree River, Greer, SC. 7-16-11 water level 4.1 There are now two cross-stream
strainer trees before the first rapid. At low water we were able to go under the main trunk; at
higher water level, they could be a problem. We encountered several other strainers that had been
trimmed back for floaters. Most of the drops had to be examined to find the main water flow point
in order to float down; otherwise there were a rock slide. There is a single rope swing, river
right, approx. half way down this section at the end of a nice rapid / drop. The good "chute" rapid
was doable at this level. It is possible to portage this on left or on the right. One of our party
made it through the chute but flipped at the bottom and had a wet exit and almost lost the paddle.
There are 2 rope swings: 1 river rt and one river left, at the confluence of Abner Creek and
Enoree. This marks the first possible take out a trail on river right at top of the high bank,
access by going up Abner creek 10-20 feet. Maybe 100 -200 yards down river from the rope swings is
another takeout marked by a huge strainer and tree in the middle of the river. This is where we
took out. Total run time for us was 3 hours because we portaged and watched swimmers on rope swings
for a while. Shuttle is just 20 min. each way from Hwy 14 down to the take out in the Mahaffey
Subdivision which is before the 296 bridge.


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