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Tennessee whitewater, Turkey Creek

Monroe county, Waucheesi to Tellico River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     3 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Tennessee are often tougher than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The Waucheesi to Tellico River section of Turkey Creek in Monroe County is 3 miles long and is a class IV-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Tennessee and the cool fresh water have people coming here. 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. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great
scenery along the way too. This is a pretty short section so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The starting point is not too far from Athens, as you can see on the road map further down. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This river system has  
a few good paddling stretches and the Waucheesi to Tellico River section is one of them. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always good to stop by Bald River Falls, and Turkey Creek is a site with many visitors from Tellico Plains. And that's not everything you can do here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Have a good hiking adventure along the Cow Camp Trail. A journey to Fort Loudoun State Park when you're here at Turkey Creek is a magnificent idea, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Henderson Mountain Trail.

Turkey Creek, Waucheesi to Tellico 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 Turkey Creek.
 Whitewater Near Turkey Creek:
Tellico River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station)
Turkey Creek, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Waucheesi to Tellico River)
Laurel Creek, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class V - 0.2 miles long (to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (Ranger Station to Tellico Plains)
Wildcat Creek, Monroe County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4 miles long (Source to Tellico River)
Bald River, Monroe County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6 miles long (ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls)
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, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (Indian Boundary to Below Pigs in Space)
 Ski Areas Near Turkey Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 47 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 , 63 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Turkey Creek:
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 12 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Turkey Creek:
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites, Vonore , 15 miles away
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 16 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Murphy, Murphy , 18 miles away
Hampton Inn Murphy, Murphy , 18 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Turkey Creek:
North River, Tellico Plains, 4 miles away
Holly Flats, Tellico Plains, 4 miles away
Dam Creek, Tellico Plains, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Turkey Creek:
Cow Camp Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Henderson Mountain Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Long Branch Trail, Monroe , 2 miles away
Bald River Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
Panther Branch Trail, Monroe , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Turkey Creek:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 50 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 50 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 24 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Turkey Creek:
Kahite Golf Course, Vonore , 13 miles away
Golf Club, Maryville , 15 miles away
Madisonville Golf Course, Madisonville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Turkey Creek
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 11 miles away
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 12 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 14 miles away

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