Matthews Creek - Raven Cliff Falls to US 276

Matthews Creek, South Carolina, US


Raven Cliff Falls to US 276

Usual Difficulty III-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 6 Miles
Avg. Gradient 150 fpm
Max Gradient 360 fpm

Matthews Creek at low water

Matthews Creek at low water
Photo by Will Reeves

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03439000 2000 - 10000 cfs III-V(V+) 01h12m 282 cfs (too low)

River Description

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2006-01-24 11:19:46

Rapid Descriptions

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April 6 2008 (3900 days ago)
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There is a good pic of a slide on matthews creek posted on google earth

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