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Broad River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: August 18, 2012
Nearest City: Gaffney, SC
Difficulty: Moderate
Submitted by: Shawn Rawleigh

Description:

Entered Broad River off of Highway 18 and paddled 19.7 miles to the Salem Irene bridge on highway 211. Water was low so had to get in and out of kayak about 15 times to cross shallow areas. Had 2 portages, one at Cherokee Falls and one at 99 island dam.

Overall excellent trip, took approximately 8 hrs with a half hr lunch break. Recommend traveling in pairs with descent shoes and rope for portage around the dam. It would have been better if we waited for a good night of rain to raise river level before trip.

Overall very scenic and unpopulated nature trip. Highly recommend for a quiet day of solitude.

Fees:

none

Directions:

Put in:
Take 85 to exit 96 (highway 18), Take Highway 18 across broad river take 1st left after bridge. Launch is approx 2 miles on the left.

Pick up:
Take 85 to exit 96, take 329 to 105, take 105 to 211 on the left salem irene bridge 2 or 3 miles down 211.

Resources:

just a SC DOT map


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