Saluda, South, South Carolina, US
2- Blyth Shoals - Hwy 11 to Talley Bridge
||III-IV(V) (for normal flows)
Blythe Shoals with water
Blythe Shoals with waterPhoto by Will Jones taken 12/26/04 @ 3 ft
SOUTH SALUDA RIVER NEAR CLEVELAND, SC
50 - 1000 cfs
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 puttin is a pullout on highway 11 is roughly about .7 of a mile upstream from
where the river takes a sharp turn away from highway 11.
Just follow Blythe Shoals Rd. down to Talley Bridge. Please try to be as low
profile and keep as close to the bridge as possible while taking out.
Please respect the landowners and the NO TRESPASSING signs. I have heard of
a landowner here to escort people trying to fish on his property out with a shotgun in hand. Also
if something occurs where you must get out of the boat try to stay out of sight.
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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Last Updated: 2007-02-26 16:06:44