Summary: The trail to the "Monster Mile" of the Green River Narrows starts by way of the Pulliam Trail. The description of this trail is noted on another LocalHikes.com trail description called Green River Narrows. The "Monster Mile" is an awsome series of whitewater rapids stretching aproximately 1/2 mile northward after you reach the rivers edge. It is another 1/2 mile downstream. Once at the river the trail is to the right and it is not marked. Use extreme caution while hiking about 500 yards upstream to an extreme rapid called "The Gorilla". The trail does continue upstream, but is not advised. This series of rapids is considered the toughest whitewater in the US and is only Kayaked by experts or extreme sports enthusiasts. Every 1st Saturday in November a timed race is held among the top Kayakers in the US. On 11/6/04 at least 150 people crowded the shoreline to watch the Kayakers. The river on the above date was running at 200% volume because it is dam controlled.
Trailhead: The Monster Mile of the Green River Narrows can only safely be reached by traveling to the river by way of the Pulliam Creek Trail. You can get to the Pulliam Trailhead by taking I-26 West through Saluda. At the top of the grade, take the Upward Road exit and head east. Go east about 1.7 miles to Big Hungry Road (SR1802). Continue east on SR 1802 for about 3 miles and look for the Lulliam Creek Trailhead sign on the right side of the road. There is a very small area for cars. There is a very small footbridge which signifys the start of the trail. If you have a GPS the LatLong's are N35.17, W82.19. (Lat:35.16 Lon:-82.2)
Trail Guides for The Narrows:
North Carolina Hiking Trails
by Allen de Hart (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NC Division of Forest Resources. 1-828-251-6509
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Tom Duchac, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by PatC on 8/26/2012
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Reviewed by EmilyG on 7/7/2012
We could not find this trail at all! We did not have a GPS, so followed the directions posted here, taking the Upward Rd exit then making a right on Big Hungry Road. We even drove back and forth there at the 3 mile point, trying to find the trailhead. Needless to say, there was no trailhead, no foot bridge. We did find the river with a parking area but no trail. Unfortunately there was quite a bit of litter all around the parking area...very unappealing. What a HUGE disappointment this attempted hike was.
Reviewed by Andy on 3/22/2012
Awesome hike. Getting the last little bit to the water can be a bit tricky just use the Laurel branches to your advantage.The water was low when I went, but the rapids were still somewhat impressive. Good excercise on the climb out, enjoyed the scenery and early foilage on a beautiful late March day.
Reviewed by Rodj on 1/6/2008
Those GPS coords are wrong. I'm not sure of the actual coords of the parking lot, but the Narrows are at N35.27972, W82.34673.
Reviewed by STEVE on 1/12/2006
GREAT HIKE - WILL GO AGAIN SO I CAN SPEND MORE TIME AT THE NARROWS
Reviewed by Al on 11/5/2005
As Tom indicates, this is an unbelievable area. Several different species of Trillium line the trail during early spring along with many other wildflowers. The break down of this "strenuous" should be noted. After leaving the main road and crossing the 3 logs tied together to make the bridge, the trail isn't that difficult for the first mile or so. However the turn off for the gorrila section is an extremely steep right turn down the face of the mountain. We carried rope in just to help ourselves down and back. It is about 200-300 feet to the rivers edge. Once there, the spray can make the granite slick as glass. I wear felt bottom shoes in there when they are running 200% due to the spray. It is worth it.
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