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.