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Tennessee whitewater, Upper Road Prong

Sevier county, Green Light Falls to Third Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     1.09 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This section of Upper Road Prong in Tennessee is 1.09 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.
    This is an extremely short stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. For all you
camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The scenic beauty of Sevier County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile.  
If you're coming from Sevierville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
The Sugarland Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best, and some interesting geology is available here, Arch Rock is right here. Be careful coming to the Great Smoky Mountains, you might not ever wanna return back home again. Upper Road Prong is right by the Cove Mountain Trail, and as expected, A journey to Bearpen Hollow is always fun. This is such a fun river. Upper Road Prong is a site with many visitors from Gatlinburg; skiing at Ober Gatlinburg is one of those things you just should do.

Upper Road Prong, Green Light Falls to Third Bridge 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 Upper Road Prong.
 Whitewater Near Upper Road Prong:
Little Pigeon River - Middle Prong, Sevier County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 1.75 miles long (Chimneys Trailhead to Chimneys Picnic Area)
Walker Camp Prong, Sevier County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Bridge below Alum Cave Creek confluence to Chimney's Trailhead)
Road Prong, Sevier County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 0.72 miles long (Third bridge to right above West Prong confluence)
Upper Road Prong, Sevier County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.09 miles long (Green Light Falls to Third Bridge)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.5 miles long (Chimneys Picnic Area to Campbell Overlook)
Little River, Sevier County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.2 miles long (Huskey Gap Branch to Elkmont C.Highway)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong - Roaring Fork, Sevier County, 5 miles away
      Class I-IV - 1 miles long (Roaring Fork Motor Trail)
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County, 6 miles away
      Class II-V - 2.6 miles long (Campbell Overlook to 1st bridge in Gatlinsburg)
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Sevier County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little Pigeon River - West Prong, Sevier County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 6.6 miles long (Gatlinsburg to 1st bridge in Pigeon Forge)
 Ski Areas Near Upper Road Prong:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 8 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 26 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 36 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 37 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Upper Road Prong:
Gator Point Marina and Cabin, Sevierville , 18 miles away
Mountain Cove Marina, Sevierville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Upper Road Prong:
Baymont Inn & Suites Gatlinburg On The River, Gatlinburg , 3 miles away
The Park Vista - A Doubletree By Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg , 5 miles away
Hampton Inn Gatlinburg TN, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
Mountain Shadows Resort, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
Baskins Creek Condos By Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Gatlinburg , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Upper Road Prong:
Mt Collins Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Gatlinburg, 2 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Mount Collins Shelter, Gatlinburg, 2 miles away
Chimneys Campground, Sevier County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Upper Road Prong:
Sugarland Mountain Trail, Sevier , 6 miles away
Cove Mountain Trail, Sevier , 9 miles away
Jakes Creek Trail, Sevier , 9 miles away
Laurel Falls Trail, Sevier , 10 miles away
Meigs Mountain Trail, Sevier , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Upper Road Prong:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 6 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 62 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 27 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 35 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Upper Road Prong:
Bent Creek Golf Village, Gatlinburg , 11 miles away
Gatlinburg City Departments Golf Course, Pigeon Forge , 11 miles away
Sequoyah National Golf Club, Whittier , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Upper Road Prong
Douglas Lake, Sevier , 20 miles away

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