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Nolichucky River Paddling

Nolichucky River Paddling
Morristown, TN 37814

Nolichucky River Paddling
Morristown, TN 37814
Region: Regional

The Nolichucky River originates in North Carolina and flows southwest to join the French Broad River near White Pine just outside of Morristown. The confluence occurs in the upstream portion of Douglas Lake, at Herndons Point, near Leadvale. Public access along the river is primarily limited to bridge crossings and small pull-offs along roads paralleling the river. There are several primitive and four developed launching areas managed by TWRA, the City of Greeneville at Kinser Park, and the US Forest Service at Chestoa.

Paddling: Whitewater paddling on the Nolichucky River is an experience that challenges rafters with wavy rapids in an impressive wilderness setting. The Unaka Mountains provide an incredible backdrop as you paddle from North Carolina into Tennessee in the steepest river gorge east of the Mississippi. The Nolichucky River is a wild, free-flowing river. It begins at Mount Mitchell in North Carolina and flows across the border into northeast Tennessee. The section of river where it crosses the border near Erwin, Tennessee offers the most exciting and scenic whitewater rafting. The upper Nolichucky River passes through a deep gorge with class III-IV rapids. The lower section of the Nolichucky features class I-II rapids, appropriate for families. High water levels occur in the spring, with lower water levels in late spring through summer.