Adults and Kids ages 6 and older.
After a long spill through the western face of the Appalachian Mountains, the Hiwassee State Scenic River widens to become a beautiful, fresh water destination for tubers, paddlers and anglers.
The dam controlled, Class II river is perfect for family rafting trips, with wide, clear rapids and bouncy wave trains.
Several commercial guide services offer raft and duckie rentals, as well as guided trips.
Hiwassee River Raft Guide Services and Outfitters
The section from the Apalachia Powerhouse Dam to Reliance, TN can be run in an afternoon.
All rafting trips, guided and unguided, are dependent on the Tennessee Valley Authority's recreational release schedule.
Hiwassee River Recreational Release Schedule
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Hiwassee River Access Map
Class II+ whitewater rafting
Class II+ whitewater tubing and paddling (upper river), flat water paddling (lower river), hiking, camping, mountain biking, wildlife viewing
Polk County, TN
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga
65 miles | 1 hour, 25 minutes
Dates | Hours
Recreational Apalachia Dam releases May-October
Yes. Forest Service pit toilets.
Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton TN 37307-5823
Cherokee National Forest South