After a long spill through the western face of the Appalachian Mountains, the Hiwassee River widens to become a cool, summer destination for tubers, paddlers and anglers.
Tubing Devil's Shoals on the Hiwassee
The dam controlled, Class II river is perfect for cooling off on a blistering summer day.
The section from the Apalachia Powerhouse Dam to Reliance, TN can be run in an afternoon. Put in at a launch just downriver of the dam and take out where the TN Valley Railroad bridge crosses the river at Reliance.
The Tennessee Valley Authority provides recreational releases on the river, May-October.
Hiwassee River Recreational Release Schedule
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Hiwassee River Access Map
Class II+ whitewater tubing
Class II+ whitewater paddling, rafting (upper river), flat water paddling (lower river), hiking, camping, wildlife viewing
Polk County, TN
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Reliance, TN
61.3 miles | 1 hour, 12 minutes
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