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Tennessee whitewater, Little River

Sevier county, Sinks to Elbow section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     3.5 miles
  The Sinks to Elbow stretch of Little River in Tennessee is 3.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV+ section of whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Sevierville, as you can see on the road map further down. The river winds through the Great Smoky Mountains and you get great scenery. The beautiful scenery of Tennessee and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The Sinks to
    Elbow section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The campgrounds
here at Little River are pretty good. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Tennessee are often more challenging than in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. This is a short paddling  
stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from Townsend here at Little River; if the weather is tremendous, you can go for a hike along the Meigs Mountain Trail. There's no way anybody can get bored here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Little River Gorge is near Little River and is a glorious site. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a delightful place in the vicinity of Little River, and the Laurel Falls Trail is a great hiking trail nearby. The skiing at Ober Gatlinburg is good.

Little River, Sinks to Elbow 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 Little River.
 Whitewater Near Little River:
Little River, Sevier County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Sinks to Elbow)
Little River, Blount County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.6 miles long (Elbow to Townsend)
Little River - Middle Prong, Blount County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute)
Thunderhead Prong, Blount County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong)
Little River, Blount County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Townsend to Dam at Melrose)
Lynn Camp Prong, Blount County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to confluence with Thunderhead Prong)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Confluence with Laurel Creek to West Prong of Little River)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road)
Cove Creek, Sevier County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Cascades)
Little River, Sevier/Blount County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks)
 Ski Areas Near Little River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 9 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 45 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 83 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Little River:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 14 miles away
Mountain Cove Marina, Sevierville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Little River:
Best Western Cades Cove Inn, Townsend , 4 miles away
Tremont Lodge Resort, Townsend , 5 miles away
Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend , 7 miles away
Dancing Bear Cabins, Townsend , 7 miles away
Highland Manor Inn And Conference Center, Townsend , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River:
Tremont Hills Campground, Townsend, 2 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - West Prong, Townsend, 2 miles away
Smoker Holler RV Resort, Sevierville, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Little River:
Meigs Mountain Trail, Sevier , 3 miles away
Laurel Falls Trail, Sevier , 7 miles away
Jakes Creek Trail, Sevier , 7 miles away
Anthony Creek Trail, Blount , 7 miles away
Vista Trail, Blount , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 12 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 68 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 32 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 36 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River:
Gatlinburg City Departments Golf Course, Pigeon Forge , 12 miles away
Creekside Plantation Golf Course, Seymour , 13 miles away
Country Inn at Bays Mountain Golf Course, Seymour , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Little River
Fontana Lake, Swain , 14 miles away
Douglas Lake, Sevier , 19 miles away

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