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Old 06-21-2004   #1
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Tennessee/North Carolina mid-August

Hey all. I was planning on heading to East Tennessee/North Carolina between August 15th-19th. Definitely would like to do some paddling (play or creek) in this area. I'd possibly like to paddle Ocoee, Chattooga, Nantahala, Watauga, Nolichucky, or the Green. Any other suggestions. I think I'll jump on the AW website and explore some options close to Knoxville.

Born and raised in E. Tennessee, and have been living/paddling in Colorado for the past four years. I've really grown to love the sport here in CO, but realize that there is also great whitewater in the southeast. I'm looking forward to make this trip. Please reply if you have info/beta, or feel like going paddling. See ya, Rome.

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Old 06-22-2004   #2
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Great place to paddle! I'd definitely check out the Chattooga (beautiful, plus great rapids)...also, Wilson's creek (near the Watauga) is a lot of fun, and I think it runs in August. Definitely the Green! And Overflow creek, near the Chattooga (after it rains, which it does a lot in August I think)...and definitely the Watauga. Also, if it rains, there are some fantastic creeks...besides the Watauga and Overflow, check out the Obed-Emory system near Knoxville, the Big South Fork (near Knoxville), the Citico (sp?) (near the Tellico), and the Tellico is fantastic (SE of Knoxville). You might want to skip the Ocoee and the Nantahala though... Also, for fantastic guidebooks, check out that author who combines cartoons with his guidebooks...Nealy? William Nealy? Really informative plus really interesting! Have fun! Robin

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Old 06-23-2004   #3
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Thanks for the info! Those all sound like good options. I didn't realize that the Chattooga is closed (according to American Whitewater). Do people still go in and 'poach'? Any reason in particular for skipping the Ocoee and Nanty? I guess there's good play there, and everybody knows it. I was on the Ocoee two summers ago and had a great time; it was a little crowded, but very good play. I've been getting into creeking more this season and enjoy it, despite being gripped. Like a friend of mine says, "Creekin' can be really fun, but when something goes wrong, creekin' can be really bad." Hopefully I can find a good IV+/V creek to paddle comfortably on in TN/NC, and also get in a day of play in too.
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Old 06-23-2004   #4
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The Chattoga is not should recheck your source. There are many sections of whitewater to paddle on the Chattoga. Probably the most well-known and most paddled are Sections III and IV. The sections that are closed (but are still poached) are sections 0 and 00 which are in the headwaters. The Chattoga is a natural flowing river that flows through some beautiful wilderness.
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Old 06-23-2004   #5
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I'd definitely do Section IV of the Chattooga at least (awesome scenery)...and I guess I just don't like the Ocoee and Nantahala because a) they are really crowded (although I guess also good places to meet people), b)are right by the road, and c)are not creeks! Although probably fun rivers to play on... And, in terms of creeks, Wilson's creek is a really fun, safe Class 4ish creek, I'd definitely check it out.
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Old 06-28-2004   #6
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Hate to break it to you but....

Hate to break it to you but August in the SE is usually dry and has low flows for paddling except dam releases and large storms might spike something for a day or two. The green depends on the energy demand that day so it probably will go. If you like playboating and dont mind standing in lines go to the ocoee. Skip the nanty=even more overcrowded with people than the ocoee. Chatooga is good but at low water might not be worth it. Overflow takes alot of rain, Ive never caught it. If it rains like it has been here and seems to be on their weather forcast and near knoxville, big creek is a fun IV+ish run, west prong you can run from IV+ to burly, the ramseys cascades is also a good one. All are in gatlinburg area maybe an hourish from Knoxville. All are rain dependent. Go to for southeast flows and info. I be out there probably a week or two later. Russell
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Old 06-30-2004   #7
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Thanks for all the info. I'll have some time to plan out my trip between now and August. I'm excited to get back to see friends/family and do some paddling. See ya!

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