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Tennessee whitewater, New River

Scott county, US 27 Bridge to Clear Fork River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     8.9 miles
Feb 19, 2011 put in at 27 and paddled down to where it meets Clear Fork...to date I have traveled from the headwaters of New River to where it meets Clear Fork forming the Big South Fork...this stretch from 27 down is by far the best this river has to offer...a kayak would have been better for this stretch but we mananaged to get the canoe through with some difficulty... Says Dillon W

The starting location is a short drive from Harriman,
    as you can see on the road map further down. The US 27 Bridge to Clear Fork River stretch of New River in Tennessee is 8.9 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting
and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. 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. The natural beauty of Tennessee and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Whitewater paddling here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great experience. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Interesting geology is available here; Reed Bottom is near New River.

New River, US 27 Bridge to Clear Fork 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 New River.
 Whitewater Near New River:
New River, Scott County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.9 miles long (US 27 Bridge to Clear Fork River)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, Scott County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.2 miles long (Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at Leatherwood Ford)
Pine Creek, Scott County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.62 miles long (Close to Toonley to Leatherwood Ford)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, McCreary/Whitley County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Station Camp to Lake Cumberland)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, Scott / Pulaski County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 19 miles long (Leatherwood Ford to Blue Heron Kentucky)
White Oak Creek, Morgan/ Scott/ Fentress County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Highway 52 to Clear Fork River)
Clear Fork, Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Brewster Bridge to Burnt Mill Bridge)
North White Oak Creek, Fentress Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Zenith Mines to Leatherwood Ford)
White Oak Creek, Morgan/ Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 21.3 miles long (Burville Road to Burnt Mill Bridge)
Emory River, Morgan County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 21.2 miles long (Gobey Bridge to Oakdale)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 81 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
Red Roof Inn Whitley City, Whitley City , 21 miles away
Comfort Inn Pioneer, Pioneer , 24 miles away
Super 8 Caryville TN, Caryville , 27 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CARYVILLE, Caryville , 27 miles away
Travelodge Caryville, Caryville , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
Bandy Creek Campground, Scott County, 8 miles away
Big South Fork National RiverRA - Station Camp, Elgin, 8 miles away
Big South Fork Lodge Campground and Motel, Jamestown, 12 miles away
 Trails Near New River:
Racoon Loop, McCreary , 16 miles away
Hidden Passage Trail, Pickett , 16 miles away
Deer Loop, McCreary , 16 miles away
Island Trail, Pickett , 17 miles away
Ladder Trail, Pickett , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 8 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 20 miles away
Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Pickett State Park, Tennessee , 17 miles away
Cove Lake State Park, Tennessee , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
Town Of Oneida Municipal Golf, Oneida , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near New River
Laurel Creek Reservoir, McCreary , 19 miles away

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