This popular, moderate 36-mile section of the Enoree River flows
through South Carolina’s scenic Piedmont to its confluence with the
Broad River. Although the Enoree is generally narrow and shallow (40
to 70 feet wide and just two to six feet deep), its banks range from
steep hardwood bluffs and flood plain forests to small marshy areas.
For Cherokee Indians, Enoree meant “river of muscadines” -- a
wild, green grape vine you will see often on the river’s lower
sections. But that’s not the only foliage you will notice: Ash,
sycamore, and hickory trees form a dense canopy over the water. Most
of the land along the Enoree is private; nevertheless, it’s a prime
habitat for red-shouldered hawks, blue herons, barred owls, mink,
muskrat, and otter. The Enoree is an ideal stomping ground for capable
flatwater paddlers who like occasional sharp zigzag maneuvers and a
brisk current. Sandbars are not unusual, so canoes and flat bottom
boats less than 14 feet are a wise choice. The upper Enoree includes
some Class III whitewater, but there is none below Laurens County Road
S-98 and the Jones Bridge access point. Float time for this section of
the Enoree is approximately 15 hours.
The section through Sumter National Forest is approximately 39 miles
one way, although it can be done in shorter sections. The full Enoree
canoe trail is 61 miles one way.
Mileage and GPS coordinates are approximate and for reference
Jones Bridge - (GPS N 34.5742 W 81.7886) - Throw-in, canoe only, on the right just below the
bridge. From Exit 52 on I-26 west at Clinton, drive north on
SC 56 for .6 mile and turn right onto Laurens County S-30-98. Continue to
the bridge at the county line.
- Highway 176 Bridge
- (GPS N 34.5090 W 81.5985) - Throw in, canoe only, on the left just beyond the bridge abutment.
From Exit 72 on I-26 at Newberry, drive north on SC 121 to US 176.
Continue on US 176 through Whitmire and the bridge is at the county
Mile 19 - Duncan Creek -
(GPS N 34.4909 W 81.5748)
Mile 26 - Indian Creek -(GPS
N 34.4289 W 81.5280)
27 - Brazzelman’s Bridge
- (GPS N 34.4222 W 81.5183) -This landing has a paved ramp and parking facilities. From Exit 72
on I-26 at Newberry, drive north on SC 121 for 5 miles and turn right
onto Newberry County S-36-81. The bridge is approximately 7.5 miles.
31 - Keitt’s Bridge - (GPS N 34.4234 W 81.4667) -Portage is about 100 ft. From Exit 74 on I-26 at
Newberry, drive northeast on SC 34 for 5.5 miles and turn left onto
Newberry County S-36-55. Drive for 3.6 miles and bear left onto
bridge is 5.4 miles.
Strother’s Landing - (GPS N 34.3944 W
81.3961) -This landing is on the left (east) side of
the Broad River approximately 50 yards below the bridge, 4 miles from
where the Enoree meets the Broad. From Exit 74 on I-26 at Newberry,
drive northeast on SC 34 to the Jeff Suber Bridge at the county line,
and the landing is across the bridge.
Contact the District Office for information and a permit to camp along
There are several hunt camps along the way, equipped with water,
toilets and trash containers. Some are open during the fall hunting
season, others are open for spring turkey season and a few are open
Sumter National Forest,
Enoree Ranger District, Tyger Office 3557 Whitmire Highway, Union, SC
Updated: October 31, 2006
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