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Scenic Rivers List

Fourteen rivers or segments of rivers are included in the state scenic rivers program. Program oversight is provided by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Blackburn Fork

Jackson County - Blackburn Fork River is located on the Highland Rim in the Upper Cumberland Plateau. It is a tributary of the Roaring River originating near Cookeville. Designated in 1968.


Lawrence County - The Buffalo River is the longest un-impounded river in middle Tennessee and the longest tributary of the Duck River. Designated in 1968.


Roane, Anderson & Knox Counties - The Clinch River rises in Southwest Virginia near Tazewell, Virginia and flows southwest through the Great Appalachian Valley gathering various tributaries before joining the Tennessee River in East Tennessee. Designated in 1996.


Grundy County - The Collins River originates in the east central portion of Tennessee along the Cumberland Plateau and flows to the confluence with the Caney Fork River upstream of Great Falls Dam.  Designated in 1968.


Polk County -  The Conasauga River originates in the Cohutta Mountains in Northwest Georgia and flows 93 miles before reaching the confluence of the Oostanaula River. Designated in 1969.


Maury County - The Duck River is the longest river located entirely within the state of Tennessee. It originates in the “Barrens” on the Highland Rim and flows through seven middle Tennessee counties before reaching its confluence with the Tennessee River near New Johnsonville. Designated in 2001.

French Broad

Cocke County - The French Broad River is 213 miles long. It begins just west of the Eastern Continental Divide near Rosman NC and flows into Tennessee where it is impounded behind Douglas Dam and continues to the confluence with the Holston River in Knoxville. Designated in 1968.


Rutherford & Davidson Counties - The Harpeth River originates in Eagleville, Tennessee and flows nearly 125 miles to the confluence of the Cumberland River near Ashland City. Designated in 1968.


McNairy, Hardeman, Madison, Haywood, Tipton & Lauderdale Counties - The Hatchie River originates in northern Mississippi and is the longest free-flowing tributary of the lower Mississippi River totaling 238 miles. The scenic river section flows from the Mississippi State line to the confluence with the Mississippi River. Designated in 1970.


Polk County - The Hiwassee River originates on the north slope of Rocky Mountain, Georgia and flows 147 miles to its confluence with the Tennessee River. Designated in 1968.


Morgan County - The Obed River originates near Crossville and flows to the mouth of the Emory River offering many recreational opportunities. Designated in 1976.

Roaring River

Jackson & Overton Counties - The Roaring River originates on the Highland Rim near Livingston and flows 37.7 miles to the confluence of Cordell Hull Lake. At the confluence is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Roaring River Recreation Area. Designated in 1968.

Soak Creek

Bledsoe & Rhea County- The Soak Creek originates in Cumberland County Tennessee and flows down the Cumberland Plateau into a remote cliff-lined canyon of primitive Appalachian wilderness to its confluence with The Piney River near Spring City, Tennessee. Designated 2016. 

Spring Creek

Jackson & Overton Counties - Spring Creek is located along the Upper Cumberland Plateau near Cookeville. Like Blackburn Fork River, it is a tributary of the Roaring River with no public canoe/kayak access points. Designated in 1968.

Tuckahoe Creek

Knox County - The Tuckahoe Creek originates in Jefferson County with the scenic river segment meandering 16.1 miles along farmlands and rural communities in Knox County to the confluence of the French Broad River near Kodak. Designated in 1968.