White Water Paddling in Knoxville, TN
About Knoxville White Water Paddling
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.
Big South Fork is one of the most beautiful-and most hidden- jewels in East Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau. The Fork is formed by the convergence of the New River and Clear Fork, and provides paddlers with Class II-IV rapids through spectacular gorge scenery. This paddling adventure is remote, providing a true wilderness experience.
Rock Island State Park, about an hour and a half from Knoxville, is a popular freestyle paddling destination for all skill levels. The rapids range in difficulty from class III to class V. A few SUP paddlers and squirt boaters have been known to frequent Rock Island too, but in order to paddle here, boaters should have a roll and be able to identify the obvious hazards. Take a look and quickly determine, at a glance, whether the hazards present a challenge. If they do, stay on the shore.
Paddling Big South Fork is an off-the-beaten-path and humbling experience. Many paddlers have had to swim in big holes and sieves, but the stunning beauty of the gorges is the real takeaway.
The stretch dubbed "Sinks to Elbow" gives whitewater paddlers a taste of quintessential Smoky Mountain paddling. It's also one of the most dependable creeks in the area when it comes to flow.
This is a sweet Class III to IV whitewater paddle located in Great Smoky National Park.
Paddlers of every level can find the adventure they are seeking along the Pigeon River.
Spend a weekend drifting through the untamed backwoods of Tennessee on Clear Creek, a hidden gem of the Cumberlands.
A strenuous hike through the Smoky Mountains offers panoramic views and seclusion in the most visited national park in the country.
Once a deeply divided Civil War city, modern day Knoxville is a city coming into its own identity with a growing arts and restaurant scene.
Newest addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness offers something different for the whole family, on bike or on foot.
Friends and family visiting in town? Here, inspiration for what to do in Knoxville, from outdoorsy offerings to the best eats and drinks.
Old quarries, tumbling cascades, and hidden spots all make for some great swimming holes near Knoxville. Grab your suit and check them out.
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