Description - The headwaters of the Tellico River originate in the Snowbird mountains of North Carolina. A major tributary to the Little Tennessee River, the Tellico River watershed comprises 285 square miles in Cherokee County, North Carolina, and Monroe County, Tennessee. As the river flows east from Tennessee, it meanders through the Cherokee National Forest. After leaving national forest lands, the river turns northward to join the Little Tennessee River at Tellico Lake. Total length of the river is 52.8 miles.
- The Tellico River is fed by many streams high into the watershed. Scenic falls are seen at Bald River which is located near the confluence with the Tellico River. Other tributaries that support the river include Sycamore Creek and North River. Class III, IV and V rapids are formed by bedrock and boulders and create a canoeist and kayaker's heaven when the water is high. Many scenic views are provided by cliffs, waterfalls and rapids on the river and its tributaries.
Recreation - The Tellico River Corridor offers picnicking, camping, viewing scenic landscapes and paddling opportunities.
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 F. Summers 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. Cooling fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change.
The Tellico River Corridor is located in the Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest. The River lies immediately north of Tellico Plains.