Roaring River Scenic River

The Roaring River originates on the Highland Rim near Livingston, Tennessee 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. It offers picnic areas, a campground and boat launch. Further upstream is the Boils Wildlife Management Area so named because at this point the rivers fast moving water runs into slower moving water that is pooled creating the appearance of boiling water. The Boils WMA is a popular paddling destination and wildlife viewing area. Kayakers can access the river here or further upstream at the TWRA put-in. Another scenic river attraction is Roaring River Falls located on Hwy 136.

Jackson & Overton Counties

Class I Natural River Area from the TN Hwy 136 bridge extending 2.0 miles downstream; Class II Pastoral River Area from 2.0 miles downstream of the SR-136 bridge, approximately 19 miles, to the confluence of the Cumberland River at Cordell Hull Lake. Designated in 1968.


Roaring River Falls
Highway 136
Cookeville, TN 38501

The Boils WMA
36.351011°N 85.564184°W

Roaring River Recreation Area
71 Corps Lane
Carthage, TN 37030-9710