PADDLING ADVENTURES!

The Little River Blueway is a paddle lovers paradise...  With 51 miles of diverse and scenic water trails over 5 main routes and 23 contigous sections, the blueway offers easy access to explore the protected land and waterways. The northern river sections of the paddling routes are completely buffered by National Forest land, allowing you to be completely enfolded by the forest and wildlife. Lower sections along the Little River and open water sections on Lake Thurmond are buffered by USACE lands, offering numerous coves to explore and waterfront camping at USACE parks. Central to all of these routes is Baker Creek State Park, which we call “Blueway Base Camp.”


BLUEWAY WATER TRAILS
Check out the Blueway paddling trails!  
CLICK HERE to download the Blueway Adventure Map (use zoom tools to view details).  Then, locate your trail/section of choice by referencing the map grid numbers provided in the tables below.   
 

LITTLE RIVER ROUTE: 17.35 miles
 
SECTION NAME   MAP LOCATION    LENGTH
                 
Calhoun Mill   C-1   2.5 mi
Mt. Carmel   C-1   4 mi 
Willington   D-2   2.5 mi 
Bordeaux   D-3   3 mi
Huguenot   E-3   0.5 mi 
Petigru   E-4   2.75 mi
Baker Creek    E-4   1.1 mi 
Pavilion Cove    E-5    1 mi 
  
 
LONG CANE ROUTE:  12.51 miles total
 
SECTION NAME   MAP LOCATION    LENGTH
                 
Cherokee   F-1   1.46 mi
Indian Massacre   F-2   4.6 mi 
De la Howe   E-3   2.1 mi
Huguenot   E-3   0.5 mi 
Petigru   E-4   2.75 mi
Baker Creek    E-4   1.1 mi 
Pavilion Cove    E-5    1 mi 

  
BUFFALO CREEK ROUTE:  4.3 miles total
 
SECTION NAME   MAP LOCATION    LENGTH
                 
Buffalo Creek   E-4   2.2 mi
Baker Creek   E-4   1.1 mi 
Pavilion Cove   E-5   1 mi

 
OPEN WATER ROUTES NORTH OF
LITTLE RIVER MOUTH:  22.2 miles

 
SECTION NAME   MAP LOCATION    LENGTH
                 
Mt. Pleasant   A-2   4.8 mi
Mt. Carmel Fort   B-3   3.7 mi
Leroy's Ferry   C-4   2.2 mi 
Mac's Bottom   C-4   3.4 mi
Hickory Knob   D-5   2.9 mi 
Marina Run   E-5   2.2 mi
Blueway Mouth   E-5   2.2 mi
Pavilion Cove    E-5    1 mi 

 
OPEN WATER ROUTES SOUTH OF
LITTLE RIVER MOUTH:  6.9 miles

 
SECTION NAME   MAP LOCATION    LENGTH
                 
Plum Branch   G-6   2.4 mi
Hawe Creek   F-6   0.6 mi
Dorn   F-6   0.9 mi
Blueway Mouth   F-6   3 mi


LEAVE NO TRACE

  • Plan ahead & prepare
  • Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Respect wildlife
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect private property & the privacy of others
  • For more information on Leave No Trace, visit www.lnt.org

SAFETY
  • Always wear applicable safety equipment (life jacket, helmet, protective clothing, etc.)
  • Read safety information and park rules prior to trip
  • Leave a float or trail plan with family and friends
  • Bring water and first aid supplies
  • Be aware of other boaters, especially on open water and wear a whistle (DNR requirement for paddlers). 
  • Dress appropriately and be prepared for inclement weather. Even in temperatures as high as 50-60 degrees (F), wet and windy weather can still cause hypothermia. Avoid wearing cotton clothing.
  • Carry a GPS unit and a cell phone that receives coverage within the area

While considerable effort has been made to provide accurate information, we take no responsibility for any errors or omissions. There is some risk involved in water paddling, hiking, camping, and trail riding. The ultimate responsibility for safety lies solely with the individual.
 

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