Bank & Pier Fishing Access Sites - Cherokee County

Please be aware that local governing bodies may have certain restrictions on these areas.

Handicap Accessible= Handicap accessible where indicated. Improvements have been made and continue to be made to these sites to allow for easier handicap access. However, minimum standards may not have been met in some of the older sites.

Broad River
Big Bay Access Area Pier
Parking Spaces: 8

Picnic Shelter: No

Restrooms: No

Handicap Accessible
Directions: From Gaffney take I-85 N towards Charlotte to exit 96. Turn left onto SC Hwy 18/Shelby Hwy towards Shelby, NC. Travel approximately .5 mile to a left onto Concoad Road (State Road S-11-71). Travel 1.1 miles to a right onto Estelle Street. At the stop sign, continue straight and turn left to stay on Sarratt. Continue to follow Sarratt down to the river.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.14746, -81.6089

Map: Big Bay Access Area Pier (PDF)
Big Bay Access Area Pier

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Cherokee Recreation Area Bank
Parking Spaces: 15

Picnic Shelter: No

Restrooms: No
Directions: From Gaffney, take US 29 N/Cherokee Avenue 4.1 miles. Turn right onto SC Hwy 329 S/Victory Trail Road. Travel 1 mile and turn left onto Ford Road (State Road S-11-50). Travel 0.3 miles and turn left onto Wolf Den Lane. This road goes to the river.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.07469, -81.56092

Map: Cherokee Recreation Area Bank (PDF 1.2MB)
Gaston Shoals Fishing Trail Bank
Parking Spaces: 10

Picnic Shelter: No

Restrooms: No
Directions: From Gaffney, take I-85 N towards Charlotte to exit 96. Turn left onto SC Hwy 18/Shelby Hwy toward Shelby, NC. Travel approximately 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Dravo Road (State Road S-11-98). The fishing pier is past the Bowens River Canoe Launch on the left. There is also bank access between the canoe launch and the pier.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.13767, -81.59581

Map: Gaston Shoals Fishing Trail Bank (PDF)
Gaston Shoals Fishing Trail Pier
Parking Spaces: 10

Picnic Shelter: No

Restrooms: No

Handicap Accessible
Directions: From Gaffney, take I-85 N towards Charlotte to exit 96. Turn left onto SC Hwy 18/Shelby Hwy toward Shelby, NC. Travel approximately 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Dravo Road (State Road S-11-98). The fishing pier is past the Bowens River Canoe Launch on the left. There is also bank access between the canoe launch and the pier.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.13747, -81.596

Map: Gaston Shoals Fishing Trail Pier (PDF 1.4MB)
Gaston Shoals Fishing Trail Pier

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Ninety Nine Island Canoe Access Pier
Parking Spaces: 15

Picnic Shelter: No

Restrooms: No

Handicap Accessible
Directions: From Blacksburg, travel southwest on S Charleston Street, which becomes Ninety Nine Island Road (S-11-43), to the end at access area. Approximately 6.6 miles from Blacksburg.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.02981, -81.49086

Map: Ninety Nine Island Canoe Access Pier (PDF 1.4MB)
Ninety Nine Island Canoe Access Pier

Images: 1
Pick Hill Access Area Bank
Parking Spaces: 5

Picnic Shelter: No

Restrooms: No
Directions: From Blacksburg, travel southwest on S Charleston Street which becomes Ninety Nine Island Road (State Road S-11-43). Travel 6 miles and turn right at Pick Hill Access Area sign.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.04085, -81.49538

Map: Pick Hill Access Area Bank (PDF)
Pick Hill Access Area Bank

Images: 1
Lake Cherokee
Lake Cherokee Bank
Parking Spaces: 15

Picnic Shelter: Yes

Restrooms: No
Directions: From Gaffney, take E Frederick Street (SC 18) south for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Wilkinsville Hwy (SC 105) south. Travel 4.3 miles and turn left onto Victory Trail Road (SC 329 N). Travel 1.1 miles and turn left onto Smith Road. Travel 0.1 mile and turn right onto Old McKown Farm Road. Access will be approximately 400 feet ahead on your left.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.04136, -81.57216

Map: Lake Cherokee Bank (PDF)


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Lake Cherokee Pier
Parking Spaces: 25

Picnic Shelter: Yes

Restrooms: No

Handicap Accessible
Directions: From Gaffney, take E Frederick Street (SC 18) south for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Wilkinsville Hwy (SC 105) south. Travel 3.7 miles and turn left onto Lake Cherokee Road. Pier at the end.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.04122, -81.57466

Map: Lake Cherokee Pier (PDF 1.6MB)
Lake Cherokee Pier

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Lake Thicketty
Thicketty Mountain Lake Bank
Parking Spaces: 5

Picnic Shelter: No

Restrooms: No
Directions: From Gaffney on I-85 S, take exit 87 Road 39. Merge onto Old Post Road and turn right onto Macedonia Road (State Road S-11-39). Travel 1.4 miles and turn left onto James Road. Take an immediate left onto Trout View Road. Road deadends at Lake Thicketty.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.07858, -81.7785

Map: Thicketty Mountain Lake Bank (PDF)
Thicketty Mountain Lake Bank

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Lake Whelchel
Lake Whelchel Bank
Parking Spaces: 50

Picnic Shelter: Yes

Restrooms: Yes
Directions: From Gaffney, take Providence Road (SC 150) North. Travel 1.4 miles and turn right onto Wilcox Avenue. Travel 1 mile and turn left onto Sierra Street. Take a right onto Boat Landing Drive and follow to access area.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.10612, -81.63611

Map: Lake Whelchel Bank (PDF)
Lake Whelchel Bank

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Lake Whelchel Pier
Parking Spaces: 50

Picnic Shelter: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Handicap Accessible
Directions: From Gaffney, take Providence Road (SC 150) North. Travel 1.4 miles and turn right onto Wilcox Avenue. Travel 1 mile and turn left onto Sierra Street. Take a right onto Boat Landing Drive and follow to access area.

Latitude/Longitude: 35.10572, -81.63598

Map: Lake Whelchel Pier (PDF 1.2MB)
Lake Whelchel Pier

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