South Canyon has indian ruins, Stanton's cave, Vasey's paradise and South Canyon itself to visit if you want to do things on your layover day.
Both Buck Farm and Saddle canyon also have good hikes.
If you just want to relax, mile 19 RL, Nautaloid, President Harding
We laid over at Kwagunt Camp, nice hike up the creek. Saddle Canyon is a nice camp with a nice hike as well. Nankoweep would probably be a nice layover spot but there are multiple campsites there so you might see other people.
I laid over once at South Canyon. It was a nice break after the hectic travel to put in, rigging, etc.
The downside was that it backed us up into the trip launching the day after us and for quite awhile thereafter down river we were stacked up, competing for camps and leap frogging down the river.
Seems like if you stay in the standard mileage plan that most people follow (10-15 miles per day) for the first several days, you don't see anybody for the first week, which is nice. Unless, of course, you get some eager beavers launching after you and then maybe South is a good layover so that they get way ahead of you.
One trip we did a South layover. At first, a few of us thought it was early to do a layover. But, later, we were glad for it after all the fuss of going to Flag, doing the food packing, rigging at the Ferry, etc. It was good to have a day off that soon.
Visiting the ruins and Stanton's Cave are quick & easy. What I enjoyed was taking a long walk on the trail that heads out, seeing the big scenery. Do that if it's your first time there.
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