Kayaking down the Green River. (photo by Barbara Tilly)

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Beating the heat: finding yourself on the Green River this summer

Published 4:17pm Friday, June 22, 2012

As I type, summer is here and the thermometer bares witness to the fact. There’s not many better ways to beat the summer heat than to find yourself in a river.
Thankfully you don’t have to drive too far in Polk county to find the Green River somewhere close by. And the upper parts of the Green river are a favorite spot for folks to cool off.
Green River Adventures makes it easy to take advantage of the river resources with which we are blessed. They offer adventures in inflatable kayaks, hiking, swimming and rappelling.
Based in Saluda, Green River Adventures offers something the whole family can enjoy. They offer trips they describe as “mom approved,” and true adventure seeker trips.
The half day kayak trips run from the tuxedo hydro plant in Henderson Co., thru the Green River gorge, and trips thru the “lower” parts of the upper Green in the Green River cove area. The gorge is as remote as you get in our immediate area. The rough terrain makes hiking into the gorge extremely difficult except for a few trials. This keeps most of the gorge undisturbed. It is also one of the steepest commercially run sections of whitewater in the southeast.  

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