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Tennessee whitewater, Little River

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


CLASS I     22 miles
  The natural beauty of Blount County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Knoxville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number
    of rivers in this state are not easy. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This stretch of Little River in Tennessee is 22 miles long and it is classified as a class I section by American Whitewater.
There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Dam at Melrose to Tennessee River section is just one of many. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Great exercise and spending some quality time  
in nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Tarkiln Valley is next to Little River and is undeniably a delightful spot to explore, and there's great hiking along the Little Bottoms Trail. You'll meet a lot of folks from Rockford here; a cool spot to explore is Horseshoe Bend. A river like this is too good to miss. The Abrams Falls Trail offers hiking at its best. For the period of the long summer days at Little River highs are ordinarily in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 60's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 40's while Little River overnight low temperatures through the winter are in the 20's.

Little River, Dam at Melrose to Tennessee River 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, 5 miles away
      Class I - 22 miles long (Dam at Melrose to Tennessee River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventures Unlimited, Blount County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Little River, Blount County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Townsend to Dam at Melrose)
Abrams Creek, Blount County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 18 miles long (Cades Cove to US Route 127)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Confluence with Laurel Creek to West Prong of Little River)
Little River, Blount County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.6 miles long (Elbow to Townsend)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road)
Little River, Sevier County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Sinks to Elbow)
Cove Creek, Sevier County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Cascades)
Little River - Middle Prong, Blount County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute)
 Ski Areas Near Little River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 24 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 60 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 60 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Little River:
Louisville Landing Marina, Louisville , 10 miles away
Fox Road Marina, Knoxville , 16 miles away
Concord Marina, Knoxville , 16 miles away
Choto Marina, Knoxville , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Little River:
M Star Hotel Alcoa, Alcoa , 6 miles away
Royal Extended Stay Alcoa, Alcoa , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn Knoxville Airport, Alcoa , 6 miles away
Candlewood Suites KNOXVILLE AIRPORT-ALCOA, Alcoa , 6 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Knoxville Airport, TN, Alcoa , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River:
Southlake RV Park, Knoxville, 5 miles away
Misty River Cabins and RV Resort, Walland, 7 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Ace Gap, Townsend, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Little River:
Little Bottoms Trail, Blount , 11 miles away
Abrams Falls Trail, Blount , 12 miles away
Rich Mountain Trail, Blount , 13 miles away
Pine Oak Trail, Blount , 13 miles away
Hannah Mountain Trail, Blount , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 27 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 52 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 25 miles away
Big Ridge State Park, Tennessee , 29 miles away
Norris Dam State Park, Tennessee , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River:
Lambert Acres Golf Course, Maryville , 3 miles away
Egwani Farms Golf Course, Rockford , 4 miles away
Pine Lakes Golf Course, Rockford , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Little River
Lake Mary Ella, Knox , 14 miles away

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