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Tennessee whitewater, Rock Creek

Bledsoe Hamilton county, Retro-Hughes Road to Leggett Road bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+     9 miles
  The average Tennessee whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The Retro-Hughes Road to Leggett Road bridge stretch of Rock Creek in Bledsoe / Hamilton County is 9 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV+ section by American Whitewater. There's camping available near Rock Creek. A bit of exercise
    and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. The Retro-Hughes Road to Leggett Road bridge stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. You might be into whitewater rafting
or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. The beauty of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great plus for this river. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're coming from Chattanooga it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can  
see on the road map further down. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. The nature scenery of Tennessee and the water flowing gracefully down Rock Creek have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Shingle Mill Hollow is a perfect location to explore, and if you're visiting from Sale Creek, you won't be the only one. You'll really wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertaining stuff in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. Going for a hike along the Laurel-Snow Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region.

Rock Creek, Retro-Hughes Road to Leggett Road bridge 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 Rock Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rock Creek:
Little Possum Creek, Hamilton County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 6.5 miles long (Waldens Ridge to Bakewell)
Big Possum Creek, Bledsoe County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 8.5 miles long (Waldens Ridge to Bakewell)
Rock Creek, Bledsoe / Hamilton County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 9 miles long (Retro-Hughes Road to Leggett Road bridge)
McGill Creek, Bledsoe / Hamilton County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 7 miles long (Hendon Road to Coulterville Road)
Roaring Creek, Rhea County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 6 miles long (New Harmony Road to Bridge on Brayton Mountain Rd)
Little Soddy Creek, Hamilton County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 1.6 miles long (Hotwater Road to Back Valley Road)
Soddy Creek, Hamilton County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 5.6 miles long (Waldens Ridge to Jones Gap Road)
Deep Creek, Hamilton County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 1.75 miles long (Mowbray to Soddy)
Brush Creek, Rhea County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.3 miles long (Seventh Day Adventist Compound to Roaring Creek)
North Chickamauga Creek, Hamilton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bowater Parking Area to Highway 27)
 Marinas Near Rock Creek:
Pine Harbor Marina, Soddy Daisy , 7 miles away
Shady Grove Harbor, Soddy Daisy , 8 miles away
Misty Harbor Marina, Soddy Daisy , 8 miles away
Sale Creek Marina Multiboating, Soddy Daisy , 8 miles away
Island Cove Marina & Resort, Harrison , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Rock Creek:
Home Town Inn Soddy Daisy, Soddy-Daisy , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express DAYTON, Dayton , 9 miles away
Scottish Inns And Suites, Dayton , 11 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Dayton, Dayton , 11 miles away
Best Western Dayton, Dayton , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rock Creek:
Little Possum North, Bakewell, 1 miles away
Rock Creek Gorge, Bakewell, 2 miles away
Little Possum South, Bakewell, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Rock Creek:
Laurel-Snow Trail, Rhea , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rock Creek:
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 45 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 53 miles away
Harrison Bay State Park, Tennessee , 11 miles away
Park Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee , 12 miles away
Booker T. Washington State Park, Tennessee , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rock Creek:
Montlake Golf & Country Club, Soddy Daisy , 9 miles away
Hidden Falls Golf & Athletic, Dunlap , 12 miles away
Bear Trace, Harrison , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Rock Creek
Chickamauga Lake, Hamilton , 17 miles away
Lake Junior, Hamilton , 17 miles away
Rainbow Lake, Hamilton , 19 miles away

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