Helms Ferry

One of the last operating ferries in East Tennessee, this ferry connects portions of Union County that are separated by the Powell River. Prior to the building of Norris Dam, many small communities along the Clinch and Powell rivers were dependent on ferries to transport across individuals across the rivers.  Later bridges replaced many of these ferries, but Helm's ferry remains the only access for residents to cross the Powell River. 

The ferry operates daily 7 am to 5 pm but is dependent on weather conditions. You can call to check on hours 865-992-5286

The Helm's Ferry is located in the Sharps Chapel Community.

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Latitude: 36.402287 Longitude: -83.841519 Elevation: 1020 ft

ADA Accessibility Notes

Car ferry and handicap accessible. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed

How to Get There

From Knoxville, take SR33 North across the HWY 33 Bridge. Take the first left onto Sharps Chapel Road.  Turn right onto Leadmine Bend road.  Follow to Stiner's Road and look for the sign for the ferry on the right.


Beautiful drive on Sharps Chapel and over Speedwell. Enjoyed the trip. Not the ferry from Belgium to Dover.

Sue, 11/3/2013

Be nice if there were more signs! Never seen fairy sign till the end After driving most of the other roads with same name!! Thank god for country people! They never shy away from offering help!!! But fun ftip on ah bike!!

Rockin randall, 8/1/2015

The Ferry was awesome but the signage to get there and even the locals couldn't tell you directions to get there. We were on big cruisers and not the best road either, but all was fun and going to do it again.

Jeff Kyker, 9/29/2016

Time saver and super scenic Had Granny Helton as our GPS

Larry Rudar, 10/2/2016

It would be Very helpful if there was signs letting people know when the ferry is not running because according to your website it was open and IT IS NOT pure deception. Very unhappy in 14 years I’ve only seen it run once. Ms. Beverly: Thank you for reaching out to us. Sorry the Ferry was not running when you visited. We will check with Helms Ferry to get updated hours.

Tina Beverly , 4/17/2019

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