Take Exit 35 (Woodruff & Walnut Grove) from I-26. This exit is between Clinton and Spartanburg. This will put you on the S J Workman Highway (Highway 50). Turn whichever direction and go to the CitGo station. From the main sign at the CitGo station, head West toward Woodruff along the S J Workman Highway. Go 0.2 miles and turn right on Price House Road (Highway 86) (the turn is just past the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses). At 1.5 miles, you will cross Ferguson Creek that feeds into the South Tyger which can be seen to the right. At 2.7 miles, you will cross the South Tyger at Price Bridge. At 3.1 miles, you will reach a stop sign at the intersection with Hobbysville Road (SC Road # S42-229). Turn right. Continue down Hobbysville Road. At 0.7 miles, bear left onto Morris Bridge Road (South Carolina Road # S 42-231). At 0.9 miles from stop sign at the intersection with Hobbysville Road you will cross I-20 and at 1.1 miles you will reach the put-in. We always park on the left in the inside of the curve before you reach the river.
Go 1.1 miles from the North Tyger put-in until you reach Hatchett Road. Turn right on Hatchett Road and go 2.3 miles until you reach Walnut Grove Road (S 42-50). Turn right and go .8 miles until Old Hlls Bridge Road.* After about 1 mile, go right following Road 113. The take out is another 2.1 miles.
* If you continue on Walnut Grove Road for 2.4 miles, you will cross the Tyger (34.7551N, 81.9274W) This is below the intersection of the South Tyger (See AWA Reach Number 1710) and the North Tyger (34.7593N, 81.9323W) and the name of the river changes.
You can see a lot of the rapids here. There are also very visible and unfriendly no trespassing signs. I have not ever put in or taken out here because to do so will cause you to miss a lot of the whitewater. There appears to be access at the bridge, but I do not its ownership status.
Two sites to post a planned trip on or to request information are Carolina Paddlers Assembly and Upstate Paddling. You will have to join these groups to post but they are open to the public. You may pick up some local paddlers as well as the North Tyger is a popular local reach when it is running. You may also want to check the Palmetto Paddlers and their Scheduled Trips to see if anything is planned. There are additional photos of the North Tyger in the Palmetto Paddlers photo album at Carolina Paddlers Assembly.
The Tyger is a step up from the Lower Green in that the rapids are larger and require more manuvering, although there are fewer rapids. The gradiant of the Tyger is only about 10 feet per mile compared with around 20' per mile on the lower Green. The Tyger is a Piedmont River and is similar to sections of the Middle and South Saluda in Greenville County as to the rapids and gradient. There is alot of flat water between the rapids so you get a good workout as well. The Tyger normally runs from around Thanksgiving until late May or early June. In good wet summers you can have some fun high water runs in hot weather. The online gauge on the AW site is for the Tyger in Union County some 25+ miles below the whitewater section of the river. IF there has not been a rain in a 3-4 days you can use it to gauge the level in the whitewater section or at least to have a decent idea of the level. The following figures are an estimate or correlation between the painted gauge on the put-in bridge and the online gauge:
600 cfs = -6"
700 cfs = -5
800 cfs = -4
900 cfs = -3
1000 cfs= -2
1100 cfs= -1
1200 cfs= 0
1300 cfs= +1"
and so on.
There is another North Tyger run listed on the AW page. Do not try to run it and plan to get out at the South Tyger confluence unless you are into epic marathon hikes with your boat.
I estimate this stretch is about 7.5 river miles. Nearly 6 miles of it is moving flatwater, the whitewater is kind of grouped into long shoals. Great section for beginners at low to medium levels. There is usually a recreational race/float on this run around April. It is coordinated by the Spartanburg, SC dept of Parks & Recreation.
This is a flashy watershed and the Delta Gauge often does not accurately reflect the levels of the North Tyger. The Delta Gauge can be generally helpful. You normally want at least 550-600 cfs on the Delta Gauge. The problem is the gauge is approximately 35 miles or so down stream and the water flows out of the basin pretty fast. If the level is in the 1000-1500 cfs range, the level should be real good on the whitewater section.
There is a gauge painted on the upstream side of the bridge piling at the put-in, on the I-26 side of the North Tyger. Absolute minimum is about -11". At that level the rapids are all runnable, but the choices of routes are limited. The flats require some real looking ahead for sandbars at that low level. Levels between -8 and about 0" are good low level runs. There is plenty of water. Between 0" and 1' are moderate levels on the river. Over about 1' the river starts really running. I have no information about running the river over about 1'. It is probably runnable at that level and some higher.
If you are not familiar with the North Tyger, I suggest soliciting local information. For current information about river levels, email Jim Spears who has graciously agreed to be a local contact. Local rainfall is critical. Two sites to post a planned trip on or to request information are Carolina Paddlers Assembly and Upstate Paddling. You will have to join these groups to post but they are open to the public. You may pick up some local paddlers as well as the North Tyger is a popular local reach when it is running.
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