Anybody driving along US 276 up around Wildcat Wayside will frequently see numbers of vehicles alongside the road from Blythe Shoals Produce all the way to where US 276 turns toward Caesar’s Head. This is because the South Saluda River parallels the road for this entire distance and these are anglers using this close access to the river.
But by the time you get to Blythe Shoals Produce, the river is no longer there, it seems to have disappeared. What it actually does is a make a sharp right turn at South Blythe Shoals Road and cuts through a ridge line on its way to join the Middle Saluda River to create the Saluda River. Fact of the matter, if the terrain would allow, the river could follow the road about another mile to River Falls Road, the South Saluda could join the Middle Saluda at that point.
It is the passage of the river through the ridge that has created Blythe Shoals. To see them, you have to take US 276 out of Marietta, past Cleveland and little more than a mile past the F-Mart on the corner of River Falls Road. At about a mile, you’ll find Blythe Shoals Produce on your right and, shortly thereafter, South Blythe Shoals Road on your left. Turn left and follow this single lane road for about a quarter mile until the South Saluda begins to parallel the road. After about a half mile, you’ll see the shoals. You’ll also see numerous “Posted,” “No Trespassing,” and even “No Parking Signs.” Two things are obvious. First, this has been a popular spot for locals and second, it is private property and not open for such use.
The shoals themselves are impressive – dropping some 20 feet over a run of about 50 yards ending in a large base pool (probably the old swimming hole for the locals). Because the road is so narrow it is difficult to find a place to park that doesn’t violate one of the signs, but it can be done.