Abrams Creek - White Water Paddling

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This is a sweet Class III to IV whitewater paddle located in Great Smoky National Park.

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Ed McAlister

Destination Distance From Downtown

26.8 miles


4 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

Full day, 10 mile paddle


Water Levels Change with Rain

Dog Friendly


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Located one hour from Knoxville, in Great Smoky National Park, this is a beautiful wilderness paddle with maybe 20 Class II rapids, and depending on water levels, maybe a few Class III's and IV's. For local paddlers who have run Little Clear Creek and Tellico, Abrams Creek is a gorgeous alternative and a great option for an overnight camping trip. 
Accessible through Cades Cove, Abrams Creek is remote and rarely paddled, and optimal water levels are at least 3 feet. The paddle is about 10 miles and drops 600 feet through spectacular scenery. A perfect lunch stop is atop the spectacular 24-foot Abrams falls. 
For Water levels, visit American Whitewater. Abrams Creek has high water quality, beautiful Appalachian scenery, Rhododendron-strewn banks, and a section of  rugged gorge located a mile above your takeout at Chilhowie Lake. If you've got some buddies that want to make a day trip, this is easily one of the best paddles in the region. 

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Abrams Creek Paddling

Knoxville, TN,
35.591144, -83.852613

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