Saluda, South, South Carolina, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV(V) (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||55 fpm|
|Max Gradient||230 fpm|
|SOUTH SALUDA RIVER NEAR CLEVELAND, SC|
|usgs-02162290||50 - 1000 cfs||III-IV(V)||01h06m||62.7 cfs (running)|
|Wide range of boatable flows. Basically a wet seal launch at lower flows. Big Class V with monster holes at high flows. Gauge is upstream several miles at Matthews Creek confluence.|
The Blyth Shoals section of the South Saluda is a short, extremely steep, micro gorge. The South Saluda River makes a 90-degree turn in the town of Blyth Shoals and plunges over a multi drop waterfall of the same name. This would be a great roadside whitewater run with good water after local rains but most of the river is HEAVILY posted with no trespassing signs. You can not get out to scout the big drop. The only way to scout is to do so while running shuttle. After the big rapid the river pools and then squeezes into a tight boulder filled drop above Talley Bridge.
At 400 cfs the big drop at Blyth Shoals becomes a class V monster rapid that could easily be mistaken for a big drop on the Green Narrows.
Blyth Shoals has been run at a variety of levels by boaters with expert skills. At low flows intermediate paddlers have run these rapids upright.
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