A Transformative Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Project

Tyger River Recreation Region

A coalition of public, private, and nonprofit partners are working together in Spartanburg County to create a recreation and eco-tourism corridor in one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions.

Modeled after the new Black River Water Trail and Park Network in the Pee Dee River Basin, the initiative recognizes the need for increased public access to our state’s special places. The Tyger River Foundation and Upstate Forever are working with local and state governmental entities to increase public recreational access to the Tyger River system.

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Project Overview

Upstate Forever, in collaboration with the Tyger River Foundation, are working to complete a recreational study of the area around the Tyger River region in Spartanburg County, SC. This initiative to increase access to the ecological and cultural asset that is the Tyger River and the surrounding historical sites is a unique opportunity to educate, connect, and recreate in the Upstate of South Carolina. The focus area for this project is southwest of downtown Spartanburg, in the Moore area, east of the City of Woodruff.  The Tyger River Recreation Region builds upon previous work by The Tyger River Foundation, including the restoration of the historic Anderson Mill for public access and multiple river access sites developed in partnership with the Tyger River Blueways Coalition and Spartanburg County Parks and Recreation.

The proposed work would cover 20 river miles and provide 10 hours of class I – IV paddling, 10 public park spaces, and the Tyger River Nature Center, located on the Foundation's property at the confluence of the North and South Tyger, which will serve as a regional destination for education, recreation, and event-based eco-tourism. Learn more and download the project overview

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