Cool Off at Saluda Shoals Park

By:Page Ivey

Date:7/4/2012


When temperatures in the Midlands climb above 100 degrees, many people head to Lake Mu​rray or maybe to the Saluda River to get some heat relief. But one of the best-kept secrets might just be Saluda Shoals P​ark about a mile downriver from the Lake Murray Dam.

Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes (about $50 for the whole day) or tubes ($10) for floating along some of the river’s best flat water, with a few rocky shoals thrown in to make it exciting.

Best of all, the park has a shuttle service so you don’t lose all the cooling effect of the 60-degree water temperature by hiking back to your car.

For those too small to get in a boat or float, Saluda Splash is a small waterpark open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily to keep the little ones cool. It’s $3 for a daylong wristband in addition to park admission of $4-5 per car, depending on whether you live in the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission district. Season park passes are available for frequent visitors.

Saluda Shoals also has a dog park, several picnic shelters for rent and miles of paved and unpaved hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.

Recently, Saluda Shoals Park offered visitors a chance to float on the river, eat a hot dog, play some games and enjoy music for just $5 per person at its first Rollin’ on the River event.

“This river festival will be a signature event at Saluda Shoals Park for years to come,” said Harden Smith, interpretive park ranger at Saluda Shoals.

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