The Ocoee River is one of the most popular rivers in the world, seeing hundreds of thousands of kayakers and rafters every year. This popularity is well-deserved, as it has about 10 miles of excellent class III-IV whitewater, as well as a positive relationship with TVA that keeps the agua flowing for weekend warriors all summer long.
Big South Fork is one of the most beautiful-and most hidden- jewels in East Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau. The Fork is formed by the convergence of the New River and Clear Fork, and provides paddlers with Class II-IV rapids through spectacular gorge scenery. This paddling adventure is remote, providing a true wilderness experience.
Rock Island State Park, about an hour and a half from Knoxville, is a popular freestyle paddling destination for all skill levels. The rapids range in difficulty from class III to class V. A few SUP paddlers and squirt boaters have been known to frequent Rock Island too, but in order to paddle here, boaters should have a roll and be able to identify the obvious hazards. Take a look and quickly determine, at a glance, whether the hazards present a challenge. If they do, stay on the shore.