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Polk county, Appalachia Powerhouse to Bridge at Reliance section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     5.8 miles
  The Appalachia Powerhouse to Bridge at Reliance stretch of Hiwassee River in Tennessee is 5.8 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Tennessee are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the
    Appalachia Powerhouse to Bridge at Reliance stretch is one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. If you're
coming from Athens it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping  
in your car. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. The natural beauty of Tennessee and the water flowing gracefully down Hiwassee River are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
Everybody loves Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, and if you're here why not stop at The Narrows. Yeah, come up here to the Great Smoky Mountains for a perfect time. Go for a hike on the John Muir National Recreation Trail; you'll meet a lot of people from Turtletown here. At this river you will never have a bad time.

Hiwassee River, Appalachia Powerhouse to Bridge at Reliance 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 Hiwassee River.
 Whitewater Near Hiwassee River:
Wolf Creek, Polk County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2.3 miles long (FR to Hiawassee River)
Coker Creek, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Turtletown Creek, Polk County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Little Loss Creek, Polk County, 6 miles away
      Class -blank- - 2 miles long (into Big Loss Creek)
Goforth Creek, Polk County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to Ocoee)
Whitewater Outfitter - Hiwassee Outfitters, Polk County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Hiwassee River, Polk County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 5.8 miles long (Appalachia Powerhouse to Bridge at Reliance)
Hiwassee River, Polk County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.8 miles long (Appalachia Dam to Appalachia Powerhouse)
Whitewater Outfitter - Webb Brothers Float Service Store, Polk County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ocoee Adventure Center, Polk County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Hiwassee River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 65 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 73 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Hiwassee River:
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 15 miles away
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 16 miles away
Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, Benton , 17 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 18 miles away
Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Blue Ridge , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Hiwassee River:
Parksville Beach, Polk , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Hiwassee River:
Red Roof Inn Etowah, Etowah , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 18 miles away
Reid Ridge Lodge, Blue Ridge , 18 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 18 miles away
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hiwassee River:
Lost Creek, Reliance, 5 miles away
Thunder Rock, Reliance, 8 miles away
Tumbling Creek, Ducktown, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Hiwassee River:
Smith Mountain Trail, Polk , 1 miles away
John Muir National Recreation Trail, Polk , 1 miles away
Unicoi Mountain Trail, Polk , 2 miles away
Ivy Trail, Monroe , 5 miles away
Unicoi Trail, Polk , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Hiwassee River:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 52 miles away
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 68 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 8 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 27 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hiwassee River:
Copper Basin Golf Club, Copperhill , 11 miles away
Ridgewood Golf Club, Athens , 16 miles away
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Hiwassee River
Campbell Cove Lake, Polk , 6 miles away
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 7 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 7 miles away

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