Upper Green

Upper Green River Adventure

Activity = Moderate/Full
Adrenaline = Moderate/Full
Experience = Some

From $79 (Ages 12+)
*Group rates starting at 8 participants.

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Embark on an unforgettable inflatable kayak trip on the Upper Green River, only minutes from Saluda. Tackle II-IV rapids, enjoy pristine wilderness, and finish with a sense of achievement. Gear rental available. Book now for a thrilling adventure!

AGES: 12 and up.

DESCRIPTION: If you are looking for a high-adventure, heart-pumping whitewater experience, this is it! One of the steepest commercially-run section of whitewater in the Southeast, the Upper Green consists of continuous Class II-III rapids and two Class IV’s. We are 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!

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Trip Details
What to Expect
Trip Details

Trip Details

Begin your inflatable kayak trip just 8 minutes from downtown Saluda and paddle deep into the untouched wilderness of the Green River Game Lands. Your two guides point you in the right direction as you paddle through II-IV rapids in your own inflatable kayak. Enjoy the wilderness, wildlife, wildflowers, wild rapids, and your wild guides. Participants finish this trip with big thrills, big stories, and a sense of accomplishment.

Recommended for: Active, adventurous individuals looking for a rewarding challenge; Scouts; School/Youth groups.

Distance/Duration: 4-mile section, 4-hour total trip time.

Schedule: The Upper Green is scheduled in the morning at 8am and 8:30am due to Northbrook Energy’s Scheduled Flow Releases. Check here for available times and dates.

Recommended footwear: Footwear that can get wet and won’t come off in the river is required (Sandals with a heel strap, water shoes, booties, old-sneakers, etc). We rent river shoes at our outpost ($7/pair).

***Reservations are required.

Heads Up!

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 remote places, it requires some extra effort to access. At the end of your trip there is a 0.7 mile hike. We ask that participants carry their own gear (approximately 25 lbs.) and staff is there to assist. This is our most popular trip and well worth the effort! We recommend informing all members of your group about the hike out.

DISCLAIMER: This is a high-adventure, wilderness experience that requires active participation for 2.5 hours. This trip is not recommended for some older adults, or participants with health conditions that may require immediate attention.

Private Trips/Large Groups

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Don’t see a trip time that suits your group?

We may still have availability when booking by phone.

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What to Expect

What to Expect – Whitewater Trips

Planning and preparing for your arrival:

Check out the weather. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Be ready to get wet! Every Green River Adventure encounters water. We supply long-sleeve neoprene tops and nylon splash pants on chilly days.


  • Whitewater Trips require footwear that won’t come off in the water (sandals with a heel strap, water shoes, old sneakers…). River shoes are available for rent for $7.

Arrive 15 minutes early to allow for check in, orientation, and changing.

Early morning? We’ve got hot coffee waiting for you! If not, the river will wake you up:)

When you arrive:

Parking in Saluda is tight. GRA has limited space. There are also long-term public lots. If our lot is full, ask a staff member and we’ll be happy to advise.

Check in at the front desk.

Each individual in your group is required to fill out a Participant Agreement Form. Minors not accompanied by a parent/guardian? Click here to download, have it filled out prior to arrival, and bring with you.

Get “RIVER READY”– Most items are available in our retail store.

  • Get changed. Board shorts are recommended.
  • Sunscreen – apply before your trip.
  • Hats – your hat can fit under a helmet. We don’t recommend wearing full-brimmed hats.
  • Sunglasses – retainers are recommended.
  • Cell phones, wallets, keys, valuables – use your car as a locker for valuables and leave your keys at the front desk.

Hang out in our gear room where your guide will greet you at the trip time.

If you have an EPI Pen or fast acting medication please let your guide know and we’ll be happy to carry it in our dry bag.

On your trip:

“Don’t bring anything you aren’t willing to donate to the river.” – GRA Proverb

  • Your guide will be taking photos along the way. Smile!
  • Water/Drinks – Your driver will have complimentary water and ice cold refreshments for sale. We ask that participants don’t bring water bottles on the trip to reduce trash/waste.
After your trip:
  • Changing rooms are available in our outpost.
  • Once you’re dry, check out your Trip Photos on the big screen. In a hurry? You can view and purchase your trip photos online at https://greenriveradventures.com/mypics
  • Hang out and have a beer! And don’t forget to check out the adorable town of Saluda… See you again, soon!

Participant Requirements, Cancellation, and Weather Policies



  • Guests are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to trip time.  If you are running late, we will do our best to accommodate you on another trip that same day, given availability.  No refunds will be issued to late arrivals – if you fail to show up for your trip on time, we still incur the same costs and may have turned others away.
  • All guests are required to sign a waiver.
  • If under 18: a parent or guardian must also sign the waiver.
  • If under 13: the participant must be actively accompanied by an adult on the tour.
  • All guests are required to have shoes or sandals with a heel strap. River Shoes are available for rent at check-in.


  • All reservations are charged in full at the time of booking.  If you need to cancel or modify your reservation, you are required to notify us 72 hours / 3 days prior to your scheduled tour.  Cancellations or modifications made within 72 hours / 3 days of tour are not eligible for refund.
  • Reservations are considered final 72 hours / 3 days prior to your scheduled tour, and are not eligible for a refund or rescheduling.


Green River Adventures’ trips run regardless of weather conditions, with the exception of weather or water conditions deemed too dangerous by Green River Adventures. Passing thunderstorms are common in the summer, but rarely result in cancelled or delayed trips. At our discretion, we may delay or postpone a trip in order to avoid passing thunderstorms.  In the event a trip is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.


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