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South Fork Holston River

(06010102) of the Tennessee River Basin

South Fork Holston River Watershed map

The South Fork Holston River Watershed is located in Tennessee and Virginia and drains 1180 square miles of land. The Tennessee portion of South Fork Holston River Watershed drains approximately 560 square miles and includes parts of Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan and Washington counties. The Group 2 portion of the watershed just includes parts of Carter, Johnson and Sullivan counties and drains 314 square miles in Tennessee and empties to the Holston River. The group 3 portion is entirely in Tennessee, includes parts of Greene, Hawkins, Sullivan and Washington counties and drains approximately 246 square miles.


Water Quality in the Watershed:

Click on the map below to view the water quality assessment for the South Fork Holston River watershed. 

South Fork Holston Watershed MapViewer (Full Application-opens in new window)


Impaired Waters

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Reports are studies that are done for waters that are considered to be impaired.

(TMDL Program)

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South Fork Holston River Water Quality Management Plan

Note: As a part of Tennessee's watershed management approach, for organizational purposes, this watershed was divided into two portions. The eastern portion of the watershed has been designated as the group two portion and the western portion of the watershed is designated as the group 3 portion.


Public Engagement

SF Holston Watershed Event
SF Holston Watershed Event
SF Holston Watershed Event

On November 2, 2015, TDEC hosted a watershed event for entirety of the South Fork Holston River Watershed. This was the fourth event focusing on the South Fork Holston River watershed since Tennessee's implementation of the watershed management approach in 1996. This event brought together many different agencies, groups, schools and citizens who live, work and play in the the watershed. Interactive displays filled the Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tennessee. This event offered a wonderful opportunity for hands on education for all ages.

Some partners in attendance were: TDEC Division of Water Resources, Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, City of Kingsport, Trout Unlimited, Tennessee Valley Authority, Boone Lake Association, City of Johnson City, City of Bristol, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Eastman Chemical, Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance, Boone Watershed Partnership and East Tennessee State University.