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Twelve Mile River in South Carolina

Trip Overview

Put In: Six Mile Liberty Hwy Bridge

Take Out: Six Mile Norris Hwy Bridge River Access Area

This section of the Twelve Mile is very calm and peaceful with only a few Class I and II+ intermittent throughout the trip. The river is canopied by huge trees and mountain laurel which were in bloom during this trip. There are plenty of sandy areas on the banks to stop and rest or take in the scenery. Very few homes ever come into view from the river.

The water level was at 136cfs which is low but run-able on this section. Anything beyond our take out has more rocks/gradient and is not run-able in a canoe without getting hung up on the rocks.

I described this trip as "Easy" above because of the low water level. With this being my first time on the Twelve Mile, difficulty is subject to change at increased water levels.

NOTE: portage river right at spillway near the end of the trip to the access area. Or put back in on the other side of the spillway and continue for a short trip down to the next bridge/takeout.

This trip is close to home and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Approx. Time for this section 3.5 hours.


We were each solo on 2 Old Towns: a Saranac and an Ojibway.


No fees or permits required


From Six Mile, SC: take Six Mile Liberty Hwy approx. 5 miles to bridge over the Twelve Mile River to put in. Roadside parking.

To take out, from Six Mile, take Six Mile Norris Hwy towards Norris for approx. 5 miles. River access parking will be on the left before the bridge.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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