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Tennessee whitewater, Tellico River

Monroe county, Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Tennessee are harder than the national norm, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Athens, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping
    in your car. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The scenic beauty of Monroe County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The Trout Hatchery to Bridge above
Bald River stretch of Tellico River in Monroe County is 8 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this  
area has a large number of paddling rivers. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
On a nice day at Tellico River you can take a hike along the Panther Branch Trail, and the smiling folks of Tellico Plains like to hang out close by. So much fun stuff to do here in the Great Smoky Mountains, too fine to be true. Nearby Skull Gap is a pleasant place to go if you're at Tellico River; the Henderson Mountain Trail is a delightful hiking trail nearby. This river has so much to offer. Tellico River is a wet spot that gets much precipitation.

Tellico River, Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River 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 Tellico River.
 Whitewater Near Tellico River:
Bald River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6 miles long (ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station)
Turkey Creek, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Waucheesi to Tellico River)
North River, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (North River Campground to Tellico River)
Laurel Creek, Monroe County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 0.2 miles long (to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence)
Citico Creek, Cherokee County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Indian Boundary to Below Pigs in Space)
Citico Creek, Monroe County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 17 miles long (Doublecamp to Little Tennessee River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (Ranger Station to Tellico Plains)
 Ski Areas Near Tellico River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 45 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 57 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 73 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Tellico River:
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 9 miles away
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 9 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 10 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Tellico River:
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 14 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 14 miles away
Days Inn Murphy, Murphy , 14 miles away
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites, Vonore , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tellico River:
Dam Creek, Tellico Plains, 1 miles away
North River, Tellico Plains, 1 miles away
Spivey Cove, Tellico Plains, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Tellico River:
Panther Branch Trail, Monroe , 1 miles away
Henderson Mountain Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Sugar Mountain Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Long Branch Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Cow Camp Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tellico River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 49 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 54 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 17 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tellico River:
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 13 miles away
Kahite Golf Course, Vonore , 17 miles away
Golf Club, Maryville , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Tellico River
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 9 miles away
Persimmon Lake, Cherokee , 14 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 14 miles away

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