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Tennessee whitewater, Tellico River

Monroe county, Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     2 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Tennessee are often more challenging than in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The put-in is not too far from Athens, as you can see on the road map further down. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee section is just one of them. Getting a good workout and a chance
    to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. The Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee stretch of Tellico River is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American
Whitewater. The wild scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains is great. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The nature scenery of Monroe County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are  
reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Tellico River you stumble on the Cow Camp Trail which is a nice hiking trail; a perfect site is Papaw Cove. All year is a perfect time in the Great Smoky Mountains if you adore the outdoors. Don't leave Tellico River without first paying a visit to Bald River Falls; going for a hike on the Bald River Trail is always a nice adventure. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer.

Tellico River, Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee 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:
Tellico River, Monroe County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee)
Laurel Creek, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 0.2 miles long (to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence)
Turkey Creek, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Waucheesi to Tellico River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (Ranger Station to Tellico Plains)
Bald River, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6 miles long (ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls)
Wildcat Creek, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4 miles long (Source to Tellico River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River)
North River, Monroe County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (North River Campground to Tellico River)
Citico Creek, Cherokee County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Indian Boundary to Below Pigs in Space)
 Ski Areas Near Tellico River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 48 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 60 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 62 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Tellico River:
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 10 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 10 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Tellico River:
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites, Vonore , 17 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 17 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 17 miles away
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tellico River:
Holly Flats, Tellico Plains, 2 miles away
North River, Tellico Plains, 4 miles away
Dam Creek, Tellico Plains, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Tellico River:
Cow Camp Trail, Monroe , 1 miles away
Bald River Trail, Monroe , 1 miles away
Henderson Mountain Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Basin Lead Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Basin Gap Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tellico River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 51 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 51 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 15 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 23 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tellico River:
Kahite Golf Course, Vonore , 14 miles away
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 15 miles away
Madisonville Golf Course, Madisonville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Tellico River
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 10 miles away
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 11 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 12 miles away

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