In May of 1991, the Broad River from 99 Islands dam to the confluence with the Pacolet River was officially recognized by the South Carolina General Assembly as a State Scenic River.
The Broad Scenic River boasts a fantastic stretch of undeveloped riverfront. Only one bridge (SC 211) crosses the entire 15-mile stretch of river. The riparian forest is home to diverse plant and animal life including the state-endangered wild ginger. Eagles, ospreys, and other birds frequent the river corridor. In addition to flora and fauna, the area surrounding the river is rich with historical features from Smith's ford to Native American fish traps.
99 Island Access is located southeast of Gaffney in Cherokee County just below Duke Power Company's hydropower facility. It is on the east bank of the river. The state-designated Broad Scenic River begins at this point and extends approximately 15 miles downstream to the confluence with the Pacolet River. Access to this boat landing is off of County Road 43.
The next access point is almost twenty miles downstream at Lockhart in Union County. For a shorter trip, boaters should contact river-bordering landowners to arrange for put-in or take-out.