Description - The Hiwassee was the first river managed in the State Scenic River program. A 23-river mile section, from the N.C. state line to U.S. 411 North of Benton, has been declared a Class III partially developed river.
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Whitewater Rafting on the Hiwassee River
- Numerous public access sites provide boat-launching ramps. At the Gee Creek campground, picnic areas, sanitary facilities and primitive camping are available. Adjacent is the Gee Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest. The Ocoee River is a premier whitewater river in the Southeastern United States possessing Class III, IV, and V rapids. Access sites are maintained. A scenic portion of the John Muir trail winds through the river gorge.
Recreation - These stretches of river offer canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
From Chattanooga take I-75 North to Cleveland/US-64 E. Exit. Travel East on US-64 to Hwy. 411 North. Perkins is located 6 miles north of Benton.
From Knoxville, take I-75 South to the Athens exit. Take Hwy. 30 East to Etowah, TN. Take Hwy. 411 South. Perkins is located 6 miles south of Etowah.