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Tennessee whitewater, Soddy Creek

Hamilton county, Waldens Ridge to Jones Gap Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V+     5.6 miles
  This stretch of Soddy Creek in Tennessee is 5.6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V+ section of whitewater. The scenic beauty of Hamilton County and the cool fresh water beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Tennessee is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. The campgrounds
    here at Soddy Creek are pretty good. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling places. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you
make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The put-in location is a short drive from Chattanooga, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. When you're paddling down a Cumberland Plateau Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This river system has a few good paddling  
stretches and the Waldens Ridge to Jones Gap Road section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Harrison Bay State Park is a wonderful location to stretch your legs a bit, and Sims Neck is not far at all. There's no way someone can get bored here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. Places like Booker T. Washington State Park are perfect to explore, and lots of folks from Soddy Daisy come here. This is such a great river. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Soddy Creek while overnight lows are frequently in the 60's. Highs during the winter are typically in the 40's; throughout the dark hours in the wintertime at Soddy Creek temperatures sink to the 20's.

Soddy Creek, Waldens Ridge to Jones Gap 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 Soddy Creek.
 Whitewater Near Soddy Creek:
Little Soddy Creek, Hamilton County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.6 miles long (Hotwater Road to Back Valley Road)
Deep Creek, Hamilton County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 1.75 miles long (Mowbray to Soddy)
Soddy Creek, Hamilton County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.6 miles long (Waldens Ridge to Jones Gap Road)
North Chickamauga Creek, Hamilton County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bowater Parking Area to Highway 27)
Little Possum Creek, Hamilton County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 6.5 miles long (Waldens Ridge to Bakewell)
Big Possum Creek, Bledsoe County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Waldens Ridge to Bakewell)
Rock Creek, Bledsoe / Hamilton County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 9 miles long (Retro-Hughes Road to Leggett Road bridge)
Cooper Creek, Sequatchie/ Hamilton County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5 miles long (Barker Camp Road to Bowater Parking Lot)
North Chickamauga Creek, Hamilton County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Walden Ridge to Soddy-Daisy)
McGill Creek, Bledsoe / Hamilton County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Hendon Road to Coulterville Road)
 Marinas Near Soddy Creek:
Pine Harbor Marina, Soddy Daisy , 5 miles away
Shady Grove Harbor, Soddy Daisy , 6 miles away
Misty Harbor Marina, Soddy Daisy , 6 miles away
Sale Creek Marina Multiboating, Soddy Daisy , 10 miles away
Island Cove Marina & Resort, Harrison , 11 miles away
 Hotels Near Soddy Creek:
Home Town Inn Soddy Daisy, Soddy-Daisy , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Hixson, Hixson , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CHATTANOOGA-HIXSON, Hixson , 10 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Chattanooga North At Highway 153, TN, Hixson , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express DAYTON, Dayton , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Soddy Creek:
Board Camp, Soddy Daisy, 2 miles away
Little Possum North, Bakewell, 4 miles away
Little Possum South, Bakewell, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Soddy Creek:
Laurel-Snow Trail, Rhea , 18 miles away
Hardy Trail, Hamilton , 19 miles away
Skyuka Trail, Hamilton , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Soddy Creek:
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 41 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 58 miles away
Harrison Bay State Park, Tennessee , 9 miles away
Booker T. Washington State Park, Tennessee , 10 miles away
Park Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Soddy Creek:
Montlake Golf & Country Club, Soddy Daisy , 3 miles away
Valleybrook Golf & Country Club, Hixson , 9 miles away
Creeks Bend Golf Club, Hixson , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Soddy Creek
Chickamauga Lake, Hamilton , 11 miles away
Lake Junior, Hamilton , 12 miles away
Rainbow Lake, Hamilton , 14 miles away

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