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Tennessee whitewater, Laurel Creek

Monroe county, to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     0.2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Monroe County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Athens, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence section of Laurel Creek in Tennessee is 0.2 miles long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater
    rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This section is very short so better bring some good
walking shoes. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. The average whitewater  
rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so better not forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere.

Briefly about the general area:
Fort Loudoun State Park is worth going to if you're at Laurel Creek, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Cow Camp Trail. If you like the outdoors you'll like it here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Put some time aside to spend at Bald River Falls if you're here at Laurel Creek. Laurel Creek is right by the Basin Gap Trail; at Laurel Creek you always meet someone from Tellico Plains.

Laurel Creek, to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence 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 Laurel Creek.
 Whitewater Near Laurel Creek:
Laurel Creek, Monroe County, 0 miles away
      Class V - 0.2 miles long (to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (Ranger Station to Tellico Plains)
Turkey Creek, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Waucheesi to Tellico River)
Wildcat Creek, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4 miles long (Source to Tellico River)
Bald River, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6 miles long (ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River)
North River, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (North River Campground to Tellico River)
Citico Creek, Cherokee County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Indian Boundary to Below Pigs in Space)
 Ski Areas Near Laurel Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 48 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 61 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 64 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Laurel Creek:
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 12 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Laurel Creek:
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites, Vonore , 15 miles away
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 18 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 18 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Laurel Creek:
Holly Flats, Tellico Plains, 3 miles away
North River, Tellico Plains, 5 miles away
Dam Creek, Tellico Plains, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Laurel Creek:
Cow Camp Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Basin Gap Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Basin Lead Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Bald River Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
Henderson Mountain Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Laurel Creek:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 50 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 52 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 22 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Laurel Creek:
Kahite Golf Course, Vonore , 13 miles away
Madisonville Golf Course, Madisonville , 15 miles away
Golf Club, Maryville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Laurel Creek
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 11 miles away
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 11 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 12 miles away

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