Matthews Creek, South Carolina, US
Raven Cliff Falls to US 276
||III-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Matthews Creek at low water
Matthews Creek at low waterPhoto by Will Reeves
Matthews Creek is full on class V steep creeking action. It is quite possibly the steepest and most
demanding run in South Carolina, and might even be one of the hardest creeks in the southeast.
The put in requires the boater to carry almost 2 miles to the base of Raven Cliff Falls in Caesar's
Head State Park or upsteam 6 miles from a church camp. Take out by boating down to the confluence
or by walking out at the church camp.
I spoke with some local boaters who ran this creek a few years ago. They said it was "hell". The
hike to the put in, numerous unrunnable rapids and trees, in addition to the long takeout hike made
this trip extremely demanding. Other local boaters say they hit this creek almost once a year.
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Last Updated: 2006-01-24 11:19:46