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Tennessee whitewater, Pigeon River

Cocke county, Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4.2 miles
 
When does the season open for whitewater rafting. Says Mendler

The starting location is a short drive from Newport, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nature scenery of Tennessee and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. The average Tennessee whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that quite a few
    of the sections here are not easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section of Pigeon River in Cocke County is 4.2 miles long
and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The river winds through the Great Smoky Mountains and you get great scenery. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford stretch is just one of many. Some people prefer  
whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Moore Hollow is right next door to Pigeon River and is a tremendous spot, and people from Hartford love to come here. Now, you may think that's lots but there's even more entertaining stuff to do here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Very stunning scenery and glorious skiing is what you get at Cataloochee, and you can have a pleasant hiking adventure along the Baxter Creek Trail.

Pigeon River, Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford 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 Pigeon River.
 Whitewater Near Pigeon River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoor Adventures, Cocke County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Cocke County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Creek, Haywood County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Five Rivers Adventures, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rip Roaring Adventures, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid Descent River, Cocke County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Big Creek, Haywood County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 5.4 miles long (Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Pigeon River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 13 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 31 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 49 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Pigeon River:
Indian Creek Boat Dock, Dandridge , 18 miles away
Swann's Marina, Dandridge , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Pigeon River:
Knights Inn Newport, Newport , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Newport, Newport , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NEWPORT SOUTH, Newport , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Newport, Newport , 10 miles away
Best Western Newport Inn, Newport , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pigeon River:
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 1 miles away
Davenport Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hartford, 1 miles away
Fox Fire Camp And Canoe, Hartford, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Pigeon River:
Stone Mountain Trail, Cocke , 3 miles away
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 4 miles away
Lower Whiterock Trail, Cocke , 5 miles away
Asbury Trail, Haywood , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pigeon River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 27 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 40 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 32 miles away
Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pigeon River:
Smoky MTN Country Club & Grill, Newport , 9 miles away
Bent Creek Golf Village, Gatlinburg , 16 miles away
Iron Tree Golf Course, Clyde , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Pigeon River
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 7 miles away

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