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Tennessee whitewater, Piney River

Bledsoe Rhea county, Wash-Pelfrey Road to Spring City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     10.4 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Crossville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The wonderful Tennessee scenery and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Tennessee you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight
    trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. This stretch of Piney River in Bledsoe Rhea County is 10.4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV+ section. The beautiful Cumberland Plateau Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either  
way there are lots of good places for that around here. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Wash-Pelfrey Road to Spring City section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a great hiking trail in close proximity to Piney River called the Laurel-Snow Trail, and the wonderful people of Evensville like to hang out close by. Having a great time in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is simple. Going for a hike on the Fooshee Pass Trail is always a good adventure. The warmest time of the year at Piney River comes with high temperatures in the 80's.

Piney River, Wash-Pelfrey Road to Spring City 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 Piney River.
 Whitewater Near Piney River:
Moccasin Creek, Rhea County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (Shut-In Gap Road to Piney River)
Stinging Fork, Rhea County, 4 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 7 miles long (Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River)
Duskin Creek, Bledsoe Rhea County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Gap Road to Piney River at Spring City)
Piney River, Bledsoe Rhea County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 10.4 miles long (Wash-Pelfrey Road to Spring City)
Soak Creek, -blank- County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - -blank- miles long (Dirt road off Jewitt Road to Piney River)
Dunlap Creek, Cumberland/Bledsoe/Rhea County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.5 miles long (Jolley Road to Piney River)
Little Piney Creek, Rhea County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 1.75 miles long (Grandview TenNorth to Piney River)
White's Creek, Rhea County, 8 miles away
      Class III+ - 6.5 miles long (Rt 68 to Possum Trot/Alloway Bridge)
Henderson Cr, Rhea County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 7 miles long (Liberty Hill Road to Laurel)
Richland Creek, Rhea County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 1.5 miles long (Old Dayton Reservoir to Laurel-Snow Parking Lot)
 Ski Areas Near Piney River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 95 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Piney River:
Spring City Resort & Marina, Spring City , 5 miles away
Rhea Harbor, Spring City , 6 miles away
Cotton Port Marina and Campground, Meigs County , 10 miles away
Landing Resort & Marina, Decatur , 13 miles away
Eden Marina, Spring City , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Piney River:
Howard Johnson Hotel Spring City, Spring City , 5 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Dayton, Dayton , 9 miles away
Best Western Dayton, Dayton , 9 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Dayton, Dayton , 12 miles away
Scottish Inns And Suites, Dayton , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piney River:
Rockhouse Branch Camp, Spring City, 2 miles away
Newby Branch Trailhead, Evensville, 3 miles away
Laurel Creek Camp, Dayton, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Piney River:
Laurel-Snow Trail, Rhea , 9 miles away
Fooshee Pass Trail, Meigs , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piney River:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 31 miles away
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 56 miles away
Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Park Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee , 18 miles away
Harrison Bay State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piney River:
Lakehaven Golf & Country Club, Decatur , 12 miles away
Renegade Mountain Golf Club, Crab Orchard , 14 miles away
Bear Trace Golf Course, Crossville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Piney River
Watts Bar Lake, Meigs , 11 miles away
Geronimo Lake, Cumberland , 15 miles away
Cumberland Mountain Retreat Lake, Cumberland , 18 miles away

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