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Tennessee whitewater, Bald River

Monroe county, ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV(V)     6 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Monroe County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. The ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River
    Falls section of Bald River is 6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV(V) section. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back
for more. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. If you're coming from Athens it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the  
road map further down. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good spots. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Bald River Falls is a delightful place to check out while you're at Bald River; why not take a refreshing hike along the Bald River Trail. Whohoo, so much entertaining stuff in one place! The Great Smoky Mountains rules! If you fancy a little side journey, try Skull Gap, and the Henderson Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best.

Bald River, ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Bald River.
 Whitewater Near Bald River:
Tellico River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee)
Bald River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6 miles long (ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station)
Laurel Creek, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 0.2 miles long (to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence)
Turkey Creek, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Waucheesi to Tellico River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River)
North River, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (North River Campground to Tellico River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (Ranger Station to Tellico Plains)
Wildcat Creek, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4 miles long (Source to Tellico River)
Citico Creek, Cherokee County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Indian Boundary to Below Pigs in Space)
 Ski Areas Near Bald River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 47 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 58 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 75 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Bald River:
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 8 miles away
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 8 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 9 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Bald River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 15 miles away
Days Inn Murphy, Murphy , 15 miles away
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites, Vonore , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bald River:
Holly Flats, Tellico Plains, 2 miles away
North River, Tellico Plains, 3 miles away
Dam Creek, Tellico Plains, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Bald River:
Henderson Mountain Trail, Monroe , 1 miles away
Bald River Trail, Monroe , 1 miles away
Panther Branch Trail, Monroe , 1 miles away
Cow Camp Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Kirkland Creek Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bald River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 50 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 53 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 17 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 24 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bald River:
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 13 miles away
Kahite Golf Course, Vonore , 16 miles away
Golf Club, Maryville , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Bald River
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 8 miles away
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 12 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 12 miles away

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