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Tennessee whitewater, Little River - West Prong

Blount county, Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     6 miles
  The natural beauty of Blount County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road stretch of Little River - West Prong in Tennessee is 6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations
    in advance you're all set. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Tennessee you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not
for beginners. The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains scenery is an added bonus. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. The starting  
point is not too far from Sevierville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Townsend love to come to Little River - West Prong; there's good hiking along the Russell Field Trail. You just can't picture the amount of outdoors exciting things the Great Smoky Mountains has to offer. A good site in close proximity to Little River - West Prong is Hickory Tree Gap; don't leave Little River - West Prong without first going for a hike along the Anthony Creek Trail. This river is so good. The snow is great at Ober Gatlinburg.

Little River - West Prong, Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road 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 - West Prong.
 Whitewater Near Little River - West Prong:
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Confluence with Laurel Creek to West Prong of Little River)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road)
Little River, Blount County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.6 miles long (Elbow to Townsend)
Thunderhead Prong, Blount County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong)
Little River - Middle Prong, Blount County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute)
Little River, Blount County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Townsend to Dam at Melrose)
Little River, Sevier County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Sinks to Elbow)
Lynn Camp Prong, Blount County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to confluence with Thunderhead Prong)
Abrams Creek, Blount County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Cades Cove to US Route 127)
Cove Creek, Sevier County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Cascades)
 Ski Areas Near Little River - West Prong:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 13 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 44 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 44 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 44 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Little River - West Prong:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 11 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 16 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Little River - West Prong:
Townsend Gateway Inn, Townsend , 4 miles away
Highland Manor Inn And Conference Center, Townsend , 4 miles away
BEST WESTERN Cades Cove Inn, Townsend , 4 miles away
Tremont Lodge & Resort, Townsend , 4 miles away
Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River - West Prong:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - West Prong, Townsend, 2 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Anthony Creek, Townsend, 2 miles away
Spence Field Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Townsend, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Little River - West Prong:
Anthony Creek Trail, Blount , 3 miles away
Russell Field Trail, Blount , 3 miles away
Vista Trail, Blount , 3 miles away
Rich Mountain Trail, Blount , 5 miles away
Meigs Mountain Trail, Sevier , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River - West Prong:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 16 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 67 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 31 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River - West Prong:
Lambert Acres Golf Course, Maryville , 14 miles away
Country Inn at Bays Mountain Golf Course, Seymour , 15 miles away
Creekside Plantation Golf Course, Seymour , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Little River - West Prong
Fontana Lake, Swain , 10 miles away
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 17 miles away

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