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Tennessee whitewater, Little River

Sevier Blount county, Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     7 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Tennessee are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. The natural beauty of Tennessee and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This section of Little River in Sevier/Blount County is 7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class
    II-III section. If you're coming from Sevierville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The wild scenery of the Great Smoky
Mountains is great. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks stretch is just one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large  
number of good rivers. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Looking for a great trip? Great Smoky Mountains National Park is rather near Little River, and Laurel Falls is a magnificent local attraction. So much fun stuff to do in the Great Smoky Mountains, not sufficient time. Have a nice hiking adventure along the Laurel Falls Trail, and people from Gatlinburg love to come here. This is a really good river. If you like skiing, you're in luck; Ober Gatlinburg is in the vicinity of Little River, and a good spot to check out nearby is Cherry Gap.

Little River, Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks 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 Little River.
 Whitewater Near Little River:
Little River, Sevier/Blount County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks)
Lynn Camp Prong, Blount County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to confluence with Thunderhead Prong)
Little River, Sevier County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Sinks to Elbow)
Little River - Middle Prong, Blount County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute)
Cove Creek, Sevier County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Cascades)
Thunderhead Prong, Blount County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County, 5 miles away
      Class II-V - 2.6 miles long (Campbell Overlook to 1st bridge in Gatlinsburg)
Little River, Blount County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.6 miles long (Elbow to Townsend)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 6.6 miles long (Gatlinsburg to 1st bridge in Pigeon Forge)
Little River, Sevier County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.2 miles long (Huskey Gap Branch to Elkmont C.Highway)
 Ski Areas Near Little River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 4 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 36 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 42 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Little River:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 16 miles away
Mountain Cove Marina, Sevierville , 17 miles away
Gator Point Marina and Cabin, Sevierville , 18 miles away
Lighthouse Pointe Marina, Dandridge , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Little River:
The Foxtrot Bed And Breakfast, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
Chalet Village, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
The Lodge At Buckberry Creek, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
Gatlinburg Relaxation Properties, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
Z-TO BE DELETED - Highlands Co, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - King Branch, Gatlinburg, 1 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Elkmont, Gatlinburg, 2 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Upper Henderson, Gatlinburg, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Little River:
Laurel Falls Trail, Sevier , 2 miles away
Jakes Creek Trail, Sevier , 2 miles away
Meigs Mountain Trail, Sevier , 3 miles away
Cove Mountain Trail, Sevier , 4 miles away
Sugarland Mountain Trail, Sevier , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 7 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 30 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River:
Gatlinburg City Departments Golf Course, Pigeon Forge , 8 miles away
Eagle's Landing Golf Course, Sevierville , 12 miles away
Creekside Plantation Golf Course, Seymour , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Little River
Douglas Lake, Sevier , 18 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 18 miles away

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