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Tennessee whitewater, Emory River

Morgan county, Coal loading facility at base of Ligias Ridge to Gobey Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     6.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Morgan County and the water flowing gracefully down Emory River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting point is not too far from Harriman, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The river winds through the Cumberland Plateau Mountains and you get great scenery. Whitewater
    rafting and kayaking spots in Tennessee tend to be more challenging than the national average, so better not forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one
day trip. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This section of Emory River in Morgan County is 6.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Not too many hotels  
nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't miss out on a tour to Obed Wild & Scenic River since you're here at Emory River; a tour to Frozen Head State Park is a splendid idea. Whohoo, so much amusing stuff in one place! The Cumberland Plateau Mountains is great! Low Gap is in the neighborhood of Emory River and is unquestionably a nice spot to explore, and if you're dropping by from Wartburg, you won't be the only one. Lots of fun awaits you along this river.

Emory River, Coal loading facility at base of Ligias Ridge to Gobey Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Emory River.
 Whitewater Near Emory River:
Crooked Fork Creek, Morgan County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (US 27 to Potter's Falls)
Crooked Fork Creek, Morgan County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Potter's Falls to Camp Austin)
Emory River, Morgan County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (Coal loading facility at base of Ligias Ridge to Gobey Bridge)
Emory River, Morgan County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 21.2 miles long (Gobey Bridge to Oakdale)
Emory River, Morgan County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Emory River Canyon - Highway 62 to Nemo)
Obed River, Cumberland/ Morgan County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Nemo to Oakdale)
Island Creek, Morgan County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 2 miles long (Catoosa Bridge to Emory River)
Little Emory River, Morgan County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Ford Close to Right Fork to Kring Hollow Road)
Little Clear Creek, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Highway 62 to Lily)
Clear Creek, Morgan County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Lilly to Nemo)
 Ski Areas Near Emory River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 73 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Emory River:
Kingston KOA Kampground and Marina, Kingston , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Emory River:
Days Inn Harriman, Harriman , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn Harriman, Harriman , 14 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Harriman, Harriman , 14 miles away
Travelodge Harriman, Harriman , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites HARRIMAN, Harriman , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Emory River:
Frozen Head State Park, Petros, 3 miles away
Bird Mt Camp, Petros, 4 miles away
Obed River Camp, Lancing, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Emory River:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 7 miles away
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 20 miles away
Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee , 7 miles away
Cove Lake State Park, Tennessee , 25 miles away
Pickett State Park, Tennessee , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Emory River:
Emory Golf & Country Club, Harriman , 13 miles away
Southwest Point Golf Course, Kingston , 16 miles away
Lakeside Golf Course, Kingston , 17 miles away

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