The Whites Creek Small Wild Area is located along the Whites Creek embayment of Watts Bar Reservoir in Rhea County, TN. The Small Wild Area designation refers to locations on TVA managed public lands with exceptional natural and scenic values. These areas are managed by TVA for the protection of these natural features and wildlife as well as low-impact recreational opportunities such as hiking, bird watching, and nature photographing.
Whites Creek is a 171 acre area that is composed of dry sawback ridgetops with stands of pine and chestnut oak. Moist coves of beech and maples can be found at lower elevations. This area is noted for spring wildflowers displays including trout lily, dolleyes, and wild ginger.
The Whites Creek Small Wild Area contains scenic, moderately steep three-mile loop trail. The trail begins along the shoreline and continues along the ridgetops overlooking the reservoir. Hikers walk through mixed hardwood and pine forest that feature spring-fed streams and shallow bays.