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Tennessee whitewater, Thunderhead Prong

Blount county, to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV     1.5 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Sevierville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beautiful scenery of Tennessee and the water flowing gracefully down Thunderhead Prong attract people from near and far. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Tennessee tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not
    for beginners. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. This is a short paddling stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away
from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Whitewater paddling here  
in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great experience. The to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong section of Thunderhead Prong in Tennessee is 1.5 miles long and has been rated as a class IV section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Devils Bench is an attention-grabbing spot to stop at while at Thunderhead Prong. Green Camp Gap is near Thunderhead Prong and is positively a fine site to stop by; Ober Gatlinburg has good slopes and a friendly staff. This is such a wonderful river. At Thunderhead Prong you always meet someone from Townsend, and Thunderhead Prong is right by the Meigs Mountain Trail.

Thunderhead Prong, to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Thunderhead Prong.
 Whitewater Near Thunderhead Prong:
Thunderhead Prong, Blount County, 0 miles away
      Class IV - 1.5 miles long (to confluence with Lynn Camp Prong)
Little River - Middle Prong, Blount County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Lynn Camp and Thunderhead Prong Confluence to Tremont Institute)
Lynn Camp Prong, Blount County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (to confluence with Thunderhead Prong)
Little River, Sevier County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Sinks to Elbow)
Little River, Blount County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.6 miles long (Elbow to Townsend)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Cold Water Knob to Cades Cove Road)
Little River - West Prong, Blount County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Confluence with Laurel Creek to West Prong of Little River)
Little River, Blount County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Townsend to Dam at Melrose)
Little River, Sevier/Blount County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Bridge at Elkmont to Sinks)
Cove Creek, Sevier County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 1.5 miles long (Cascades)
 Ski Areas Near Thunderhead Prong:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 9 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 40 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 42 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 42 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 83 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Thunderhead Prong:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 11 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 18 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Thunderhead Prong:
Best Western Cades Cove Inn, Townsend , 6 miles away
Tremont Lodge Resort, Townsend , 7 miles away
Highland Manor Inn And Conference Center, Townsend , 8 miles away
Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend , 8 miles away
Dancing Bear Cabins, Townsend , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Thunderhead Prong:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - West Prong, Townsend, 3 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Upper Henderson, Gatlinburg, 3 miles away
Derrick Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Almond, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Thunderhead Prong:
Meigs Mountain Trail, Sevier , 3 miles away
Jakes Creek Trail, Sevier , 5 miles away
Anthony Creek Trail, Blount , 6 miles away
Laurel Falls Trail, Sevier , 7 miles away
Russell Field Trail, Blount , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Thunderhead Prong:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 12 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 29 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 37 miles away
Panther Creek State Park, Tennessee , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Thunderhead Prong:
Gatlinburg City Departments Golf Course, Pigeon Forge , 13 miles away
Creekside Plantation Golf Course, Seymour , 16 miles away
Eagle's Landing Golf Course, Sevierville , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Thunderhead Prong
Fontana Lake, Swain , 13 miles away
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 19 miles away

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