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Tennessee whitewater, Turtletown Creek

Polk county, Highway 68 to Hiwassee River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     4.2 miles
  If you're coming from Athens it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Tennessee is often more difficult than elsewhere, so don't forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Highway 68 to Hiwassee River section of Turtletown Creek is 4.2 miles long and it is classified as
    a class IV-V section by American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Highway
68 to Hiwassee River stretch is one of them. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The nature scenery of Tennessee and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The beautiful Great Smoky 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.

Briefly about the general area:
Turtletown Creek is near Stone Pile Gap which is beyond doubt worth checking out, and the Unicoi Trail is a wonderful hiking trail nearby. Just can't get enough of the Great Smoky Mountains. Going to Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park close to Turtletown Creek is a splendid thing to do; if the weather is good, you can go for a hike along the Unicoi Mountain Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea. While you're here at Turtletown Creek you will meet lots of people from nearby Turtletown.

Turtletown Creek, Highway 68 to Hiwassee River 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 Turtletown Creek.
 Whitewater Near Turtletown Creek:
Turtletown Creek, Polk County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Wolf Creek, Polk County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2.3 miles long (FR to Hiawassee River)
Coker Creek, Polk County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Hiwassee River, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 5.8 miles long (Appalachia Powerhouse to Bridge at Reliance)
Hiwassee River, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.8 miles long (Appalachia Dam to Appalachia Powerhouse)
Whitewater Outfitter - Eagle Ranch On Ice Mountain, Polk County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Ocoee Rafting, Polk County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Wildwater Limited, Polk County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Conasauga Creek, Monroe County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 3 miles long (FR 341 to Holly Springs Road Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Ocoee Adventure Center, Polk County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Turtletown Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 63 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 69 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Turtletown Creek:
Harbor Cove Marina, Murphy , 11 miles away
Mountain View Marina, Murphy , 12 miles away
Shooks Marina, Murphy , 14 miles away
Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Blue Ridge , 17 miles away
Duke's Hideaway Marina, Murphy , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Turtletown Creek:
Parksville Beach, Polk , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Turtletown Creek:
Red Roof Inn Etowah, Etowah , 16 miles away
Reid Ridge Lodge, Blue Ridge , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 16 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 16 miles away
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Turtletown Creek:
Lost Creek, Reliance, 8 miles away
Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals, Mc Caysville, 10 miles away
Thunder Rock, Reliance, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Turtletown Creek:
Unicoi Mountain Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
Unicoi Trail, Polk , 3 miles away
Smith Mountain Trail, Polk , 4 miles away
John Muir National Recreation Trail, Polk , 5 miles away
Ivy Trail, Monroe , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Turtletown Creek:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 54 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 66 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 11 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Turtletown Creek:
Copper Basin Golf Club, Copperhill , 10 miles away
Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Murphy , 16 miles away
Ridgewood Golf Club, Athens , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Turtletown Creek
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee , 4 miles away
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe , 6 miles away
Campbell Cove Lake, Polk , 6 miles away

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