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The Upper Green River is a pristine, wilderness stretch of river surrounded by protected forests – that means no crowds and beautiful scenery. As with most pristine places, it requires some extra effort to access, but trust us, the reward is well worth the effort. The Green offers great whitewater kayaking and rafting, tubing and Class V paddling for the experts. The best part is that the river’s flows are controlled by a nearby dam, making the river a reliable source for fun and excitement throughout the summer months when others are low.
In addition to having great whitewater, the Green River Gorge’s hiking trails, bike trails, fishing and swimming holes are sure to keep adventure seekers coming back again and again.
Local Adventure Experts: Green River Adventures / 828-749-2800 /greenriveradventures.com
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Explore The Gamelands – The 14,000 acre Green River Gamelands contains some wild and rugged trails perfect for exploration. Whether on bike or foot, the trails provide a mixture of views and access to the beautiful Green River.
Zip The Gorge – The Gorge, which opened in June 2013, features 11 zip lines, a sky-bridge, and 3 rappels in tree-based platforms. Participants will experience a 3-hour tour immersed in nature beginning at the outpost and finishing an unprecedented 1,100 vertical feet at the base of the gorge. Most of the tree-based platforms have stunning views of the expansive Green River Gorge, which offers a great chance to size up your next adventure from above.
Green River Whitewater – For the more experienced boaters who are seeking a thrill, look no further than a trip through the Class V Green River Gorge. The river drops 440 feet within one and a half miles in the gorge and as you may expect, has plenty of rapids and is known as the Narrows thanks to the steep canyon walls and rowdy whitewater. The Upper Green River offers excellent whiteater perfect for families and adventurers who enjoy excitement but don’t have a lot of whitewater experience.
If you are looking for a high-adventure, heart-pumping whitewater experience, this is it! One of the steepest commercially-run sections of whitewater in the Southeast, the Upper Green consists of continuous class II and III rapids and two class IV’s. Green River Adventures is the only company to run trips on this beautiful wilderness section of the Green River, so get away from the crowds and experience something worth writing home about!
Mountain Biking – Around 10 miles of singletrack carves through the Green River Gorge and offers experienced cyclists a challenging opportunity. While there are sections of easier singletrack that runs alongside the river, other portions of the trails are steep and technical and test even the most skilled riders.
Fly Fishing – The pristine waters of the Green River are renowned as some of the cleanest in the state, which makes for ideal trout habitat. Near Lake Summit is designated for wild trout, while other areas are delayed harvest. The rivers, streams, and lakes surrounding Saluda, NC are filled with rainbow trout, brown trout, and native brook trout, as
well as muskie and smallmouth bass. Enjoy an easy catch on the Hatchery Supported and Delayed Harvest Trout Waters of the Lower Green River. Or, attempt to outsmart the wily, seasoned trout on the Wild Trout Waters of the Narrows of the Green and Pacolet Rivers. We recommend heading out with a guide from Green River Adventures.
Rappel A Waterfall – The Bradley Falls 200 ft Rappel is a thrill you won’t get anywhere else. Practice your rappelling skills on a 30 ft vertical rock face before your descent next to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region. Be prepared to get wet, the splash from the waterfall is just part of the experience. And remember to keep your eyes peeled for the abundant salamanders clinging to the wall.
Head Downtown – After a long day exploring the Green River Gorge, head into Saluda and explore Main Street where you’ll find shops, dining and more in the historic downtown district. A great option for good food, a brew, and live music is at The Purple Onion Cafe.