Lawson’s Fork Creek

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Trail Activities: t

  • Water

Length:

14.5 miles

Type:

One Way

Surface:

Water

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Features: t

  • No Fee
  • No Camping

Summary:

The best months to paddle this stream are October through May when the water level and flow is at its highest, but even so, be aware that there are several sections of the creek where you will have to portage due to blockage, or depending on your skill, rough water.

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Starting from US 221 you will pass by five mill villages, under towering railroad trestles, and between 19th century bridge abutments. You may see animals, such as deer, raccoons, opossums, and snakes that live along the banks, and use the downed trees as natural bridges. A variety of birds also inhabit this area, and you may see a blue heron wading in the shallows.

The best months to paddle this stream are October through May when the water level and flow is at its highest, but even so, be aware that there are several sections of the creek where you will have to portage due to blockage, or depending on your skill, rough water. After you pass under the second railroad trestle (approximately 3 miles from US 221) you will come to White’s Mill Dam. Portage is on the right and on private property, so respect the privacy of this area.

Also, you will encounter fast moving water at the Upper Shoals area. Run this area at your own risk and always wear a life jacket!

Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Directions:

Access Points (mileage and GPS coordinates are approximate and for reference only):

Mile 0 - US 221 at Whitney - From downtown Spartanburg, drive north on US 221 to Oaktree Rd. Park in the gravel parking area.

Mile 4.8 - Syndor Road - From downtown Spartanburg, drive north on US 29 and turn right onto Fernwood Drive. After you pass the high school, turn right onto Syndor Road. Parking is on the right just before the bridge and the access is behind the baseball field.

Mile 10.1 - Glendale-Whitestone Road - From downtown Spartanburg, drive north on US 29 and turn right onto US 176. Drive approximately 6.5 miles and turn left onto Bethesda Road. Drive 0.1 mile and turn left again onto Glendale-Whitestone Road. Cross Lawson’s Creek and the access is on the right.

Mile 14.5 - Goldmine Road - From downtown Spartanburg, drive north on US 29 and turn right onto US 176. Drive approximately 6.5 miles and turn left onto Bethesda Road and continue to Goldmine Road (3.3 miles). Turn left, cross Lawson’s Creek and the take-out is on the left.

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KML file Trail Segments (Paths) Lat: 34.96219318386337
Long: -81.86363834610944