White Water Paddling in Chattanooga, TN

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  1. Rock Island offers world class surfing and waterfall hucking, where experienced paddlers love to test their skills!

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    55.9 miles
    Duration
    2 or more hours
  2. Richland Creek is another hidden gem tucked into the side of Walden's Ridge, with great rapids getting continually steeper the farther you hike upstream. The Laurel Snow section of the Cumberland Trail makes great use of an old mining road, enabling paddlers and hikers the chance to access the creek.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    34.2 miles
    Duration
    1-3 hours
  3. The Ocoee River is one of the most popular rivers in the world, seeing hundreds of thousands of kayakers and rafters every year. This popularity is well-deserved, as it has about 10 miles of excellent class III-IV whitewater, as well as a positive relationship with TVA that keeps the agua flowing for weekend warriors all summer long.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    42.9 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours or full day
  4. Tremont is a great place for advanced paddlers to show their stuff in some wild whitewater.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    96.3 miles
    Duration
    Depending on your skill level, plan to spend at least an hour out on the water. It’s also easy to run a few laps on this one.
  5. An appealing stream for kayakers, trout fishermen, hikers, and waterfall viewers, the enchanting wilderness of the Tellico River is easily accessed by a nice, paved road connected to the popular Cherohala Skyway. For paddling laps, learning to creek, or hucking your first waterfall, the Tellico is a Southeastern whitewater essential.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    62.4 miles
    Duration
    1-3 hours
  6. Known for its Class I—V rapids, Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park attracts visitors from all over the world eager to boat or paddle down the scenic rivers surrounded by the wilds of Tennessee.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    46.4 miles
    Duration
  7. Suck Creek is Chattanooga's steep creek staple. In close proximity to downtown, Suck holds water frequently throughout the rainy months of the year (usually Nov. - April). Locals consider it a gem of the Southeast, and appreciate the quality drops mixed in with some tricky moves. Following Suck Creek Road for a quick and easy shuttle, it presents an easy opportunity to hone your creeking skills without having to worry about complicated logistics.

    Difficulty
    5 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    9.5 miles
    Duration
  8. The North Chickamauga Creek is a local paddling favorite, offering a couple different options, including a remote 12-mile run and an easily accessible stretch of rapids called 'The Bowling Alley.'

    Difficulty
    5 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    11.6 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours or a long, full day
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