East Tennessee Flatwater Paddling Adventure

Looking to paddle your way through East Tennessee?
Want to see some of the tributaries that feed into the Tennessee River?
This trip plan will help you do just that!

Travel through four very unique sections of the TRV in East Tennessee. Experience the serene rural settings of the Clinch and Tellico Rivers. Then see the two river cities the area has to offer. The accommodations and eateries included are just a few suggestions from a variety of options available in the area. Consider other great destinations listed on the MapGuide to make this Trip Plan your own.

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Day 1

River Place on the Clinch
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River Place on the Clinch
Outdoor Adventures | Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area
This place has it all - rental, cafe, camping, lodging...they have thought of everything one would need to start an adventure which makes it a great starting point!

Located on the beautiful and serene Clinch River in rural Hancock County, Kyles Ford boasts diverse wildlife and recreation opportunities, scenic vistas and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. River Place on the Clinch enables…

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River Place on the Clinch
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River Place on the Clinch
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
You can eat at the cafe and sleep in a cabin or a campsite.

Located on the beautiful and serene Clinch River in rural Hancock County, Kyles Ford boasts diverse wildlife and recreation opportunities, scenic vistas and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. River Place on the Clinch enables…

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Day 2

French Broad River Blueway
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French Broad River Blueway
Outdoor Adventures | Water Trail (Blueway)
There are some great places to stay and eat in and around Knoxville.

The French Broad River is the third oldest river in the world and is a part of the Tennessee River Valley system. The river is 228 miles long in all; however the portion in the state of Tennessee expands 102 miles long through four counties…

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Calhoun's on the River
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Calhoun's on the River
Food or Drink | Restaurant
Break for a lunch here...super easy to stop without having to drive there (consider bringing a bike lock to store your vessel at the dock).

Calhoun's on the River in Knoxville has a Tennessee tradition of great southern food and a wonderful ambience. Situated on the north bank of Fort Loudon Lake,…

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Day 3

Tellico Blueway
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Tellico Blueway
Outdoor Adventures | Water Trail (Blueway)
Perched below the Smoky Mountains, there are some great views here.

The Tellico Blueway is an easy-going float trip that starts at the Big Creek ramp on Fairview Road in Madisonville, Tennessee, and goes for about 11 miles to the Ballplay ramp on Highway 360 in Vonore. The trip consists mostly of flat water but…

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Fairview Boat Ramp
Outdoor Adventures | Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area
This may be a good location to launch or take out from.

Not too many tourists know about this boat ramp as it is pretty well hidden. Locals go there to fish. There isn't much there but the Tellico River and the ramp.

Access to Tellico River. If you are putting in in Tellico Plains, you can pull…

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Lodge at Tellico
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Lodge at Tellico
Accommodation | Lodge or Resort
You can eat and stay here to make things simple.

Our Lodge is a Perfect Setting for Groups to Enjoy the
Peaceful Solitude of Tellico Plains.

 Walt's BBQ at The Lodge at Tellico

 Restaurant & Souvenir Shop Now Open
Our Restaurant…

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Day 4

South Chickamauga Creek
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South Chickamauga Creek
Outdoor Adventures | Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area
The "gateway to the South" waterway offers a unique perspective of a river city.

South Chickamauga Creek runs through the heart of downtown Chattanooga, from the east at Camp Jordan in the City of East Ridge, to where it meets the Tennessee River along the Tennessee Riverpark. Canoeists, kayakers and fishermen can enjoy 13…

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Big River Grille & Brewing Works
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Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Food or Drink | Brewery or Brew Pub
Reward yourself for all that hard work!

Big River Grille is one of the top restaurants in downtown Chattanooga. Opening in the early 1990s and located near the Tennessee Aquarium; this Brew Pub as the locals call it, is still going strong after 20 years. Located in old electric trolley…

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The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
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The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
Accommodation | Hostel
If you're staying one more night, consider this option.

Our uncommon hostel combines the affordability and camaraderie of a traditional hostel with the charm and cleanliness of a boutique hotel. Our mission is to further establish Chattanooga as an ultimate outdoor destination by providing a base camp…

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In This Trip Plan

1 River Place on the Clinch
2 River Place on the Clinch
3 French Broad River Blueway
4 Calhoun's on the River
5 Tellico Blueway
6 Fairview Boat Ramp
7 Lodge at Tellico
8 South Chickamauga Creek
9 Big River Grille & Brewing Works
10 The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel