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Tennessee whitewater, Tellico River

Monroe county, Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     5.4 miles
  If you're coming from Athens it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Tennessee is often tougher than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The wonderful Tennessee scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come
    here to paddle. The campgrounds here at Tellico River are pretty good. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station section is just one of many. This stretch
of Tellico River in Tennessee is 5.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The river winds through the Great Smoky Mountains and you get great scenery. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch is  
mid length, it's perfect for a one day trip. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Tellico River there are plenty of people from Tellico Plains, and there are great places to look at along the Basin Gap Trail. Life's too short to enjoy all the exciting stuff in the Great Smoky Mountains. Don't leave Tellico River without visiting Fort Loudoun State Park; don't leave Tellico River without first going for a hike along the Basin Lead Trail. This river is so perfect.

Tellico River, Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station 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:
Laurel Creek, Monroe County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 0.2 miles long (to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (Ranger Station to Tellico Plains)
Wildcat Creek, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4 miles long (Source to Tellico River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee)
Turkey Creek, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Waucheesi to Tellico River)
Bald River, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6 miles long (ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls)
Conasauga Creek, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 3 miles long (FR 341 to Holly Springs Road Bridge)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Trout Hatchery to Bridge above Bald River)
North River, Monroe County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (North River Campground to Tellico River)
 Ski Areas Near Tellico River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 50 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 62 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 65 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Tellico River:
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Tellico River:
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 15 miles away
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites, Vonore , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 19 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 19 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tellico River:
Holly Flats, Tellico Plains, 4 miles away
Tellico Plains Koa, Tellico Plains, 5 miles away
North River, Tellico Plains, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Tellico River:
Basin Gap Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Basin Lead Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Warriors Passage Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Bald River Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
Cow Camp Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tellico River:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 49 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 53 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 21 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tellico River:
Kahite Golf Course, Vonore , 13 miles away
Madisonville Golf Course, Madisonville , 14 miles away
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Tellico River
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 9 miles away
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 11 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 11 miles away

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