Hiwassee River, Tennessee

Reliance, Tennessee

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Georgia’s Hiawassee River leaves the state headed north, cuts across the foot of a couple of North Carolina peaks, and plunges into Tennessee via an underground tunnel that diverts all of the river’s ?ow from its streambed. Now known as the Hiwassee River, the section described here ? ows with frigid releases from the Appalachia Powerhouse. After all its mountain meandering, this river still has one ridge left to clear in its surge towards the Tennessee River. It’s a fun ride; the Hiwassee is a forgiving stream, but one that accelerates a desire to hone your skills.

Hiwassee River, Tennessee Professional Review and Guide

"Georgia’s Hiawassee River leaves the state headed north, cuts across the foot of a couple of North Carolina peaks, and plunges into Tennessee via an underground tunnel that diverts all of the river’s ?ow from its streambed.

Now known as the Hiwassee River, the section described here ? ows with frigid releases from the Appalachia Powerhouse. After all its mountain meandering, this river still has one ridge left to clear in its surge towards the Tennessee River. It’s a fun ride; the Hiwassee is a forgiving stream, but one that accelerates a desire to hone your skills."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Reliance
Distance: 5.5
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Class: II
Local Maps: McFarland, Oswald Dome (USGS); Polk TN (County)

Hiwassee River, Tennessee Reviews

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8/17/2008
This part on the Hiwassee is great for beginners. Being a person of little experience myself, I really enjoyed this run. The water temperature this time of year was around 58 degrees (sort of chilly for a guy from south Louisiana). More than likely would be boring for veteran kayakers. There are only a couple of spots with small to medium hydraulics and waves. Highly recommended for those just getting into the sport.
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7/1/2008
Nice class 2 river for tubing or canoeing, with easy access to put-in and take-out
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