Rivers

No matter your location, you are undoubtedly close to one of the following scenic rivers that play host to a wide variety of recreational activities including kayaking, rafting, fishing, tubing and more.

Chattooga River - The main tributary of the Tugaloo River, The Chattooga begins in southern Jackson County, North Carolina, then flows southwestward between northwestern Oconee County, South Carolina, and eastern Rabun County, Georgia. The river was used as a setting for the fictional Cahulawassee River in the book and film Deliverance.

Cheoah River - Approximately 20 miles in length, this tributary of the Little Tennessee River begins in far western North Carolina, near Robbinsville. It terminates at the Little Tennessee between the Cheoah Dam and Lake Calderwood in Blount Co. Tennessee.

French Broad River - The French Broad River flows 213 miles (343 km) from near the village of Rosman in Transylvania County, North Carolina, into the state of Tennessee. Its confluence with the Holston River at Knoxville is the beginning of the Tennessee River.

Nantahala River - The Nantahala River rises near the border of Georgia and North Carolina, within the Nantahala National Forest, and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It empties into the Little Tennessee River at Fontana Lake. Two-lane U.S. Highway 19/74, once part of the Trail of Tears, runs along the river.

New River - The headwaters of this ancient 320-mile river begin in the mountains of North Carolina near the Tennessee state line, flow generally northwestward across the Blue Ridge Mountains, Great Appalachian Valley, Ridge and Valley Province, and the Allegheny Front in western Virginia and West Virginia, then cut through the Appalachian Plateau (in the New River Gorge) to meet the Gauley River and become the Kanawha River in south-central West Virginia.

Nolichuky River - The Nolichucky River is a major stream draining the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and east Tennessee. The river is 115 miles long and rises as the confluence of the North Toe River and the Cane River near the community of Huntdale, North Carolina.

Ocoee River - The Ocoee River is a tributary of the Hiwassee River, which it joins in Polk County, Tennessee, near the town of Benton. The Ocoee’s flow is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority via three dams. The 93-mile long river is called the Toccoa for its 56-mile route through Georgia, until it reaches the twin cities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee where the name changes to the Ocoee.

Pigeon River - The Pigeon River of western North Carolina and east Tennessee rises above Canton, North Carolina. Below this, it flows roughly parallel to Interstate 40 for many miles and is impounded by a dam before entering Tennessee, where it flows into the French Broad River.

Shenandoah River - The Shenandoah River is a tributary of the Potomac River, 55.6 miles long with two forks approximately 100 miles long each, in Virginia and West Virginia. The principal tributary of the Potomac, the river and its tributaries drain the central and lower Shenandoah Valley and the Page Valley in the Appalachians on the west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in northwestern Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.