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Tennessee whitewater, Little River

Blount county, Townsend to Dam at Melrose section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     10 miles
  The Townsend to Dam at Melrose stretch of Little River is 10 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Sevierville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The wonderful Blount County scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you'll be staying
    in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming
here. The average Tennessee whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so better not forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Townsend to Dam at Melrose section is just one of them. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There's  
camping available near Little River.

Briefly about the general area:
A tremendous spot to stop by in close proximity to Little River is Webb Cove, and you can go for a hike on the Rich Mountain Trail. If you're popping by Little River from Walland, you won't be the only one, and if you want to take a look at some attention-grabbing stuff, take a look at Emert Bluff. This river is always fun. Don't leave Little River without first going for a hike along the Vista Trail. Summer at Little River comes with high temperatures in the 80's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Little River, Townsend to Dam at Melrose 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, Blount County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Townsend to Dam at Melrose)
Little River, Blount County, 4 miles away
      Class I - 22 miles long (Dam at Melrose to Tennessee River)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Confluence with Laurel Creek to West Prong of Little River)
Little River, Blount County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.6 miles long (Elbow to Townsend)
Abrams Creek, Blount County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Cades Cove to US Route 127)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road)
Little River, Sevier County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Sinks to Elbow)
Little River - Middle Prong, Blount County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute)
Thunderhead Prong, Blount County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong)
Cove Creek, Sevier County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Cascades)
 Ski Areas Near Little River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 16 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 51 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 52 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Little River:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 17 miles away
Louisville Landing Marina, Louisville , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Little River:
Dancing Bear Cabins, Townsend , 2 miles away
Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend , 2 miles away
Tremont Lodge Resort, Townsend , 3 miles away
Best Western Cades Cove Inn, Townsend , 4 miles away
Highland Manor Inn And Conference Center, Townsend , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River:
Tuckaleechee Campground, Townsend, 2 miles away
Misty River Cabins and RV Resort, Walland, 2 miles away
Timberwinds Log Cabin Rentals, Townsend, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Little River:
Rich Mountain Trail, Blount , 5 miles away
Vista Trail, Blount , 7 miles away
Anthony Creek Trail, Blount , 7 miles away
Pine Oak Trail, Blount , 8 miles away
Russell Field Trail, Blount , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 20 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 60 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 30 miles away
Big Ridge State Park, Tennessee , 35 miles away
Norris Dam State Park, Tennessee , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River:
Lambert Acres Golf Course, Maryville , 7 miles away
Country Inn at Bays Mountain Golf Course, Seymour , 8 miles away
Creekside Plantation Golf Course, Seymour , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Little River
Fontana Lake, Swain , 15 miles away
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 20 miles away

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