The Hiwassee Scenic River is a wide, rocky trout stream that tumbles from its beginnings at the North Carolina state line through thousands of acres of public lands in the Appalachian Mountains.
As it leaves the mountains and flows northwest towards the Tennesssee River and the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge , the river widens and flattens, becoming a seasonal haven for bass, sauger and yellow perch.
Multiple access points allow beginners and experts a chance to wade, paddle and race to their favorite catch.
Do not wade or boat the upper Hiwassee without first consulting TVA's Hiwassee and Apalachia Dam release schedules.
Fly fishing, bank, wading, drfit boat, paddlecraft (upper river), and power boats (lower river)
Class II+ whitewater paddling, rafting (upper river), flat water paddling (lower river), hiking, camping, wildlife viewing
Polk, Bradley and Rhea Counties, TN
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Reliance, TN (Upper River)
61.3 miles | 1 hour, 12 minutes
GPS Coordinates (Reliance, TN)
Dates | Hours
Recreational Apalachia Dam releases May-October
Yes. Forest Service pit toilets.
Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton TN 37307-5823
Cherokee National Forest South
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Region III
464 Industrial Blvd.
Crossville, TN 38555
TWRA Region III