Section runs from Lake Houser which requires a parking fee to the Broad River Greenway in Boiling Springs.
Archives: Broad River Paddle Trails
Broad River Section 11 (221A to Lake Houser)
This section starts at the informal access at 221-A in Cliffside. It requires a portage (river right) at the Duke Power plant dam. Take out is at Lake Houser which has a parking fee.
Broad River Section 1 (Lake Lure Dam/Island Creek Rd to Rock Springs Ch Rd)
The section consists of mostly Class I and II waters. Some experience is necessary to navigate this section safely. There are multiple rapids that require an accurate read to avoid tipping your boat. Skirts and helmets are recommended for kayakers.
Broad River Section 10 (US 221 to US 221-A)
Broad River Section 2 (Rock Springs Ch Rd (River Creek Campground) to Clark Rd)
About half dozen fun rapids and a other riffles in the first 2-3 miles. Best to have some river experience to run but since water is shallow, the injury risks are relatively small. Skirt needed if water levels high. Thereafter an easy float, with little navigational challenges. Water generally 3-4 feet deep.
Broad River Section 3 (Clark Rd to River Rd)
Very nice float with almost no noticeable development and largely tree lined banks. No navigation trouble spots. A little hull scrapping on a couple of short riffles if water levels below normal. Trip time is 1.5 hours at normal water levels.
Broad River Section 4 (River Rd to Grays Rd)
Beautiful trip with little noticeable development and largely tree lined banks. No navigation trouble spots though there are usually a large number of downed trees to maneuver around.
Trip time is 4 hours at normal water levels.
Broad River Section 5 (Grays Rd to Coxe Rd)
Float time 2-3 hours.
40-50 ft wide and meandering with high banks and is mostly shaded class 1 rapids or less. Passes under one bridge at Union Road. There is one rock ledge making a class 2 drop, long boats be weary. There is a visible rock to the right that can be used as a portage. It’s also a great spot to stop and play in the rapid. There is a rope swing about the halfway point of the trip which is another great place to stop and play.
This is the busiest section of river due the two public accesses on either end. Though it never feels busy on the river.
ROC does annual clean ups on this section of river. Contact us to get involved.
Broad River Section 6 (Coxe to Poors Ford Rd)
The Green River enters from the right at mile 3. The river widens significantly thereafter. (See trip report below).
Broad River Section 7 (Poors Ford Rd to Big Island Rd.)
There is no official nor informal access at either bridge at this time.