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Tennessee whitewater, Suck Creek

Marion Hamilton county, Suck Confluence to Knuckle Head section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2 miles
  The wonderful Marion/ Hamilton County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This section of Suck Creek in Tennessee is 2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class IV-V+ section of whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Chattanooga, as you can see on the road map further down. There are some good sections to paddle
    in this river system, the Suck Confluence to Knuckle Head section is one of them. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.
The river winds through the Cumberland Plateau Mountains and you get great scenery. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult  
than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
The Hardy Trail offers hiking at its best; during your spree here you'll meet some folks from Whiteside for sure. These mountains rock, just look at all the cool stuff to do in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. There's delightful hiking along the Skyuka Trail. The high level of rain makes Suck Creek a rather wet place. All through March this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is June.

Suck Creek, Suck Confluence to Knuckle Head 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 Suck Creek.
 Whitewater Near Suck Creek:
South Suck Creek, Marion County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4 miles long (Pipeline to Suck Confluence)
North Suck Creek, Marion/Sequatchie County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 2.4 miles long (pipeline to Suck Confluence)
Suck Creek, Marion/ Hamilton County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Suck Confluence to Knuckle Head)
Mullens Creek, Marion County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4 miles long (Prentice Cooper State Park to Mullens Cove)
Middle Creek, Hamilton County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1.4 miles long (Rainbow Lake to Tennessee River)
North Chickamauga Creek, Hamilton County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Double Bridge to put-in for gorge run)
Coal Bank, Sequatchie County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 1 miles long (ridge)
North Chickamauga Creek, Hamilton County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12 miles long (Walden Ridge to Soddy-Daisy)
Falling Water Creek, Hamilton County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2.5 miles long (Waldens Ridge to Soddy Daisy)
Cain Creek, Sequatchie/ Hamilton County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 6 miles long (Barker Camp Road to Bowater Parking lot)
 Marinas Near Suck Creek:
Brown's Ferry Marina, Chattanooga , 8 miles away
Hales Bar Resort and Marina, Guild , 11 miles away
Big Ridge Yacht Club, Chattanooga , 12 miles away
Chickamauga Marina, Chattanooga , 14 miles away
Island Cove Marina & Resort, Harrison , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Suck Creek:
La Quinta Inn & Suites Chattanooga - Lookout Mtn, Chattanooga , 8 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Chattanooga , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Chattanooga West-Lookout Mountain TN, Chattanooga , 9 miles away
Howard Johnson Chattanooga Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Suck Creek:
Prentice Cooper State Forest - Hunters Check Station, Whiteside, 1 miles away
North Suck Creek, Chattanooga, 1 miles away
Poplar Springs, Whiteside, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Suck Creek:
Skyuka Trail, Hamilton , 10 miles away
Hardy Trail, Hamilton , 10 miles away
Bluff Trail, Hamblen , 11 miles away
Skyuka Trail, Dade , 11 miles away
Bluff Trail, Hamilton , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Suck Creek:
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 25 miles away
Little River Canyon National Preserve, Fort Payne - AL , 46 miles away
Booker T. Washington State Park, Tennessee , 16 miles away
Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia , 19 miles away
South Cumberland State Park, Tennessee , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Suck Creek:
Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club, Signal Mountain , 5 miles away
Quarry Golf Club, Chattanooga , 7 miles away
Black Creek Club, Chattanooga , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Suck Creek
Rainbow Lake, Hamilton , 4 miles away
Chickamauga Lake, Hamilton , 13 miles away
Lake Junior, Hamilton , 13 miles away

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