GREEN RIVER ACCESS
Ah-----the Green River Narrows put-in, or from another
view, the Upper
Green River take-out. Or for everybody, the Gallimore Road
Access. Notice, I did not say "public" access.
Over the last four or five months we have talked to
Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina
carefully!!), local paddlers,----anybody we thought might
have useful input
to help establish a free public access.
What we found out is that there is no public land
adjacent to Gallimore
Road, period. The operator of the pay-to-park lot and
others own the land
in a “U” around the end of the road. No matter how narrow
the strip (and it
is narrow), it is still “private” and the public can cross
it only with
permission from the owner.
At this time, NC Wildlife has permission to use part
of a narrow strip
of private land for hunter/fisherman parking and an access
to NC Gamelands.
These sportsmen not only buy NC hunting and fishing
licenses, they also buy
special NC Gamelands-use permits to hunt and fish on the
Paddlers are among a number of user groups that are not
required to purchase
Gamelands-use permits at this time. These two/three spaces
are reserved for
those hunters and fishermen---at all times.
Forewarned is foretold. You could find on your
windshield a “Greeting”
with a required financial contribution to Wildlife for
The same land owner also provides the pay-to-park lot
for all others
needing a place to park. And, she allows anyone to use the
access across her
property to reach the Gamelands and thereby to the Green
landowner is under no obligation to provide any parking nor
Gamelands and hence to the Green River. Free parking
existed before public
use increased in recent years. For now, the pay lot is the
provided by the landowner.
DOT plans to pave the road this summer and would have
helped us develop
a free public lot---except that no land is available for us
to use to
develop a free public parking lot and an access. The
landowner grew up on
this property and plans on building a retirement home there
someday. When her retirement home is built, all access
will most likely
end. This will apply to hunters, fishermen, everybody,
paddlers. With no way to get to the Gamelands, parking
would become a moot
This is not to say that something might change
tomorrow, next week, or
next year. For now though, the best solution is to not
make waves. Do not
upset the landowner! Do not park in the Gamelands spaces!
Park in the pay
lot and “pay”, maybe even buy a yearly pass. Also, we
could try for more
modesty and less noise. Most paddlers are not a
problem---but it is those
few who show no respect for others---those few paddlers are
the ones that
could close the Gallimore Road Green River Access early.
For paddlers who only run the upper section, loss of
the Gallimore Road
access will end their paddling. However, for the paddlers
who run the
Narrows, there would still be the Tuxedo Power Plant
access, upstream, to
start their trip from. One way the situation could be
helped even now is
for the Narrows paddlers to start their trips at the power
plant and leave
only the upper section paddlers using the Gallimore access.
This would cut
down on the amount of usage tremendously. (See below for
directions to the
power plant from the Narrows takeout.)
The happier that we keep the landowner, the longer we
have an access.
See you on the river.
Directions to the public put-in at the Tuxedo Power Plant
from the Narrows’
Head back up the mountain on Green River Cove Road, turn
Right at the top
and go under I-26 and enter Saluda, NC. Start following
Hwy 176 toward
Hendersonville until you cross the Green River. Take the
first Right after
the bridge (Pot Shoals Road, SR 1836) and head down the
mountain to the
Tuxedo Power Plant. Parking is on river right downstream
of the bridge.