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Rapid Descent River

Cocke county, Tennessee whitewater outfitter

 
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The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Newport. 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 many runs in this state are not easy. The beautiful
    scenery of Tennessee and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you
came. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. The campgrounds here at Rapid Descent River are pretty good. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Stone
 
Mountain Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this neighborhood. You're sure to stumble upon some great folks from Cosby here. While you're here at Rapid Descent River you can take a hike along the Lower Whiterock Trail, and a great site to explore is Hickorynut Gap. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Rapid Descent River is a quite wet place typically with a good deal of precipitation. Most of the rain falls during May while October is frequently the driest month. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Rapid Descent River. Summer overnight lows sink down to the 60's.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Rapid Descent River.
 Whitewater Near Rapid Descent River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Rip Roaring Adventures, Cocke County, 1 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Five Rivers Adventures, Cocke County, 1 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Outdoor Adventures, Cocke County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - USA Raft, Cocke County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Pigeon River Officer, Cocke County, 5 miles away
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Pigeon River, Cocke County, 5 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.66 miles long (Big Creek to Hartford)
Pigeon River, Cocke County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.2 miles long (Walter's Power Plant at Waterville to Bridge at Hartford)
Big Creek, Haywood County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 5.4 miles long (Walnut Bottom to NPS Campground)
Big Creek, Haywood County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (NPS Campground to Confluence with Big Pigeon)
Straight Fork, Swain County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.6 miles long (Round Bottom to Raven Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Rapid Descent River:
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 15 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 28 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 49 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 95 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Rapid Descent River:
Indian Creek Boat Dock, Dandridge , 15 miles away
Swann's Marina, Dandridge , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Rapid Descent River:
Knights Inn Newport, Newport , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NEWPORT SOUTH, Newport , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Newport, Newport , 8 miles away
BEST WESTERN Newport Inn, Newport , 8 miles away
Parkway Inn Newport, Newport , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rapid Descent River:
Fox Fire Camp And Canoe, Hartford, 1 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gilliland Creek, Cosby, 2 miles away
Cosby Ranch, Cosby, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Rapid Descent River:
Stone Mountain Trail, Cocke , 2 miles away
Lower Whiterock Trail, Cocke , 3 miles away
Messer Trail, Cocke , 5 miles away
Baxter Creek Trail, Haywood , 6 miles away
Big Branch Trail, Haywood , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rapid Descent River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 24 miles away
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 44 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rapid Descent River:
Smoky MTN Country Club & Grill, Newport , 7 miles away
Bent Creek Golf Village, Gatlinburg , 13 miles away
Baneberry Golf & Resort, White Pine , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Rapid Descent River
Waterville Lake, Haywood , 11 miles away

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