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Tennessee whitewater, Coker Creek

Polk county, Highway 68 to Hiwassee River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV(V)     6 miles
  The Highway 68 to Hiwassee River section of Coker Creek in Polk County is 6 miles long and is a class III-IV(V) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Tennessee and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Tennessee is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. Since you're
    on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The beautiful
Great Smoky Mountains scenery is an added bonus. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The starting location is a short drive from Athens, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you  
wonít get lost. 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.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Unicoi Mountain Trail is always a pleasant adventure. Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park is a good place; since you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Turtletown. This river is so perfect. Go for a hike on the Smith Mountain Trail. The high level of rain makes Coker Creek a relatively wet location. During March this area sees the most rain while October is mostly the driest month.

Coker Creek, Highway 68 to Hiwassee River 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 Coker Creek.
 Whitewater Near Coker Creek:
Coker Creek, Polk County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Wolf Creek, Polk County, 3 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2.3 miles long (FR to Hiawassee River)
Turtletown Creek, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Hiwassee River, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 5.8 miles long (Appalachia Powerhouse to Bridge at Reliance)
Hiwassee River, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.8 miles long (Appalachia Dam to Appalachia Powerhouse)
Conasauga Creek, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 3 miles long (FR 341 to Holly Springs Road Bridge)
Little Loss Creek, Polk County, 8 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (into Big Loss Creek)
Goforth Creek, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to Ocoee)
Whitewater Outfitter - Hiwassee Outfitters, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ocoee Rafting, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Coker Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 63 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 71 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 74 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 91 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Coker Creek:
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 13 miles away
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 14 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 16 miles away
Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, Benton , 19 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Coker Creek:
Parksville Beach, Polk , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Coker Creek:
Red Roof Inn Etowah, Etowah , 13 miles away
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 18 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 19 miles away
Reid Ridge Lodge, Blue Ridge , 19 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Coker Creek:
Lost Creek, Reliance, 7 miles away
Thunder Rock, Reliance, 11 miles away
Tellico Plains Koa, Tellico Plains, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Coker Creek:
Unicoi Mountain Trail, Polk , 0 miles away
Smith Mountain Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
Unicoi Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
John Muir National Recreation Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
Ivy Trail, Monroe , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Coker Creek:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 51 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 66 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 9 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 25 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Coker Creek:
Copper Basin Golf Club, Copperhill , 12 miles away
Ridgewood Golf Club, Athens , 17 miles away
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Coker Creek
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 4 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 5 miles away
Campbell Cove Lake, Polk , 7 miles away

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