This is a good short beginner run. At higher flows most things begin to wash out and some holes form near the bridges. 3 mi. Can be run in an hour or less.
River then widens and the Broad joins the Saluda. There is a riverwide shoal-type rapid with lots of playable waves and holes. Run just left of the rocks in the middle of the river. From here down, read and run easy class II+. There are some more holes etc as you approach the first bridge, nothing scary unless the water is really high. Takeout just past the second bridge (not counting the zoo bridge) on river left; there is a small beach. Access here may be iffy right now--tread lightly. Directions to Gervais takeout from the zoo: get back on I-126 towards Columbia (East). Take the first exit (Huger St.). A mile or so down Huger, turn right on Gervais St. Just before crossing the bridge, there is a parking lot on the left hand side with a bus stop in front of it. Park here. Walk to the back corner of the lot, down that street just a bit, and you will see the short take-out trail down to the river.
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