Saluda River Rally this weekend in Powdersville

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The Annual Saluda River Rally will be held this Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 based at the Dolly Cooper Sports Complex and Park located on the Saluda River in Powdersville.

The event features revolving paddle trips for kayaks, canoes and tubes. There will be free shuttles available to take participants to the launch sites on the Saluda River. During the event there will be Bluegrass music, food vendors and outdoor exhibitors at the park.

Events on Saturday will run from 9 am to 5 pm.

Revolving paddle trips will be offered by the SC Kayak Fishing Club for a 2.6 mile stretch which takes approximately 1 hour by kayak or 2 hours by tube.

A five mile trip will be hosted by the Saluda River Yacht Club which takes approximately 2 hours for Kayaks only. No tubes will be allowed on this float.

Anyone interested is invited to bring their own kayaks, canoes and tubes.

if you don’t have access to any of the above, Grady’s Great Outdoors, Sunrift Adventure’s and Saluda River Yacht Club will provide kayaks for free use during the event on Saturday.

The Saluda River Rafting and Saluda River Yacht Club will provide tubes for free use during the event Saturday. Participants are required to sign in at Dolly Cooper Park

Sunday, June 8th 1 pm

A single-launch paddle trip from Dolly Cooper Sports Complex to 117 Piedmont Hwy. (SC-20) in the town of Piedmont (future site of Greenville County access) will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. The trip covers a nine mile stretch of the river and takes approximately three hours. Limited kayaks are available and tubes will not be allowed on this trip.

Free shuttles will be available to take participants to the Rally Wrap Up and/or back to vehicles.

The Rally Wrap Up will be from 4 pm to 7 pm with Free barbecue and Bluegrass music provided by Saluda River Grill in Piedmont.

A limited number of campsites will be available at the park Friday and Saturday nights of the Rally. Campsites will be available on a first come/first served basis.

To reserve your space, contact Anderson County Parks at 864-231-7275 or email snicometo@andersoncountysc.org for more information.

Although a fee is not required to participate in the paddle trips, Area 14 Special Olympics athletes will join organizers on the river and will accept any donations at their booth.

The event is hosted by Anderson County. For more information contact Anderson County Parks 864-231-7275 or mschell@andersoncountysc.org

(The GPS address for Dolly Cooper is 170 Spearman Circle, Greenville)