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Tennessee whitewater, Goforth Creek

Polk county, to Ocoee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Cleveland, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Tennessee are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The to Ocoee section of Goforth Creek in Polk County is 5 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. There's camping available
    near Goforth Creek. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. The beautiful scenery of Polk County and the water flowing gracefully down Goforth Creek will make you feel great.
The Great Smoky Mountains scenery is wonderful. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. There  
are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
You must absolutely check out lovely Parksville Beach while you're here at Goforth Creek; there are plenty of folks from Reliance here at Goforth Creek. But wait, there's more enjoyable things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains. Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park is a perfect place to pop by, and if the weather is good, you can go for a hike along the Rogers Branch Trail. This is such a wonderful river. On a good day at Goforth Creek you can take a hike along the Dry Pond Lead Trail.

Goforth Creek, to Ocoee 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 Goforth Creek.
 Whitewater Near Goforth Creek:
Ocoee River, Polk County, 1 miles away
      Class III+ - 5 miles long (#2 Dam to #2 Powerhouse)
Goforth Creek, Polk County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to Ocoee)
Whitewater Outfitter - Man of Rubber, Polk County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little Loss Creek, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (into Big Loss Creek)
Ocoee River, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Ocoee #3 to Ocoee #2 Dam)
Big Creek, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 5.9 miles long (FR221/Peavine Road to US64)
Whitewater Outfitter - Hiwassee Outfitters, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Webb Brothers Float Service Store, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ocoee Adventure Center, Polk County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Polk County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Goforth Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 73 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 79 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 82 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Goforth Creek:
Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, Benton , 9 miles away
Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Blue Ridge , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Goforth Creek:
Parksville Beach, Polk , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Goforth Creek:
Red Roof Inn Etowah, Etowah , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 17 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 18 miles away
Reid Ridge Lodge, Blue Ridge , 18 miles away
Days Inn Athens, Athens , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Goforth Creek:
Thunder Rock, Reliance, 1 miles away
Lost Creek, Reliance, 4 miles away
Tumbling Creek, Ducktown, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Goforth Creek:
Rogers Branch Trail, Polk , 1 miles away
Dry Pond Lead Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
Indian Flat Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
Rough Creek Trail, Polk , 4 miles away
Low Gap Trail, Polk , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Goforth Creek:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 54 miles away
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 64 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 7 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 23 miles away
Red Clay State Park, Tennessee , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Goforth Creek:
Copper Basin Golf Club, Copperhill , 10 miles away
Ridgewood Golf Club, Athens , 16 miles away
Whitepath Golf Club &, Ellijay , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Goforth Creek
Campbell Cove Lake, Polk , 7 miles away
Parksville Lake, Polk , 11 miles away
Weehunt Lake, Fannin , 13 miles away

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