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 Appalachia 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.
Class II+ whitewater paddling, rafting (upper river), flat water paddling (lower river), hiking, camping, wildlife viewing
Class II+ whitewater tubing
Polk County, TN
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga to Reliance, TN
61.3 miles | 1 hour, 12 minutes
Recreational Apalachia Dam releases May-October
Yes. Forest Service pit toilets.
Hiwassee-Ocoee State Park and private campgrounds
Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee Ranger District
3171 Highway 64
Benton TN 37307-5823