From $69 (Ages 12+)
*Group rates starting at 8 participants.
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!
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.
(A light snack and water are provided on the trip.)
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.
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.
Contact us directly for customized experiences.
We may still have availability when booking by phone.
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.
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:)
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.
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.
“Don’t bring anything you aren’t willing to donate to the river.” – GRA Proverb
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN YOUR PARTY IS AWARE OF THE POLICIES BELOW:
WEATHER AND HIGH/LOW WATER:
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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