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Tennessee whitewater, Tellico River

Monroe county, Ranger Station to Tellico Plains section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     4.2 miles
  This stretch of Tellico River is 4.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. The natural beauty of Tennessee and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The starting location is a short drive from Athens, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. A bit of exercise and
    just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. There aren’t 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. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The Ranger Station to Tellico Plains stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. The Great Smoky Mountains scenery is wonderful. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Whether you're whitewater  
rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of folks from Tellico Plains come to Tellico River, and a perfect site to explore is Aiken Hollow. So many entertaining things in the Great Smoky Mountains, just amazing. The Basin Gap Trail offers hiking at its best, and a journey here wouldn’t be complete without a spree to nearby Fort Loudoun State Park. This river is a great place to visit. There's great hiking along the Warriors Passage Trail. At Tellico River throughout the summertime months highs are in the 80's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Tellico River, Ranger Station to Tellico Plains 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 Tellico River.
 Whitewater Near Tellico River:
Wildcat Creek, Monroe County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4 miles long (Source to Tellico River)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.2 miles long (Ranger Station to Tellico Plains)
Laurel Creek, Monroe County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 0.2 miles long (to Tellico right below Turkey Creek Confluence)
Conasauga Creek, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 3 miles long (FR 341 to Holly Springs Road Bridge)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.4 miles long (Bridge below Jared's Knee to Ranger Station)
Tellico River, Monroe County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2 miles long (Bridge above Bald River to bridge below Jared's Knee)
Turkey Creek, Monroe County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 3 miles long (Waucheesi to Tellico River)
Bald River, Monroe County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV(V) - 6 miles long (ForkSouth 126 bridge to Bald River Falls)
Coker Creek, Polk County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Hiwassee River, Polk County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.8 miles long (Appalachia Dam to Appalachia Powerhouse)
 Ski Areas Near Tellico River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 52 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 66 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Tellico River:
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 13 miles away
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 13 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 14 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Tellico River:
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 12 miles away
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites, Vonore , 14 miles away
Red Roof Inn Etowah, Etowah , 18 miles away
Rodeway Inn Sweetwater, Sweetwater , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MURPHY, Murphy , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tellico River:
Tellico Plains Koa, Tellico Plains, 2 miles away
Holly Flats, Tellico Plains, 7 miles away
North River, Tellico Plains, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Tellico River:
Warriors Passage Trail, Monroe , 4 miles away
Basin Gap Trail, Monroe , 5 miles away
Doc Rogers Trail, Monroe , 5 miles away
Basin Lead Trail, Monroe , 5 miles away
Conasauga Falls Trail, Monroe , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tellico River:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 47 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 55 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 14 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tellico River:
Madisonville Golf Course, Madisonville , 12 miles away
Kahite Golf Course, Vonore , 12 miles away
Rarity Bay Golf Club, Vonore , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Tellico River
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 7 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 11 miles away
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee , 13 miles away

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