Hiwassee Scenic River

The Hiwassee River originates on the north slope of Rocky Mountain, Georgia and flows 147 miles to its confluence with the Tennessee River. The section of the river from the NC state line to Delano, TN is designated a scenic river and is a popular paddling destination featuring flat water and whitewater class I, II, and III rapids. The State Park and Cherokee National Forest offer hiking trails, camping and several public launch areas. Local rafting agencies provide raft and equipment rentals, as well as guided rafting and fishing trips. Much of the land along the river is privately owned with the exception of the public lands mentioned above.

Polk County

Class III Partially Developed River Area from the TN Hwy 411 Bridge to the North Carolina state line (see Acts, ch. 540, § 5). Designated in 1968.


Hiwassee-Ocoee State Park
404 Spring Creek Road
PO Box 5
Delano, TN 37325
(423) 263-0050


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