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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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - The Tellico River Corridor is located in the Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest. The River lies immediately north of Tellico Plains.


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Filed By: Stephen Jones (Knoxville, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The delayed harvest season is almost over, fished hard sunday and didn't do well, it was warm all week but temp dropped the night before so maybe that had something to do with it.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Tellico River is one of the most awesome trout fisheries in the world. It is stocked every week from March to August with some really large Rainbows, some up to 3 pounds or better. There is also some great fishing in the Bald and North rivers. The Bald is famous for monster browns, some as big as 8 to 10 punds every year. These are not stocked so they are very difficult to catch. You can also hike up a few of the smaller creeks and catch native brookies. It is a grueling hike so be ready. Easy access, cheap lodging, nice roads, great security and a bear or two if you are lucky.


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Additional Information:
East Tennessee Region - There are over 30 State Parks and Historical Monuments, the Cherokee National Forest and he Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit in this travel region. All recreational activities are within a days drive of Knoxville.
Tennessee Rivers - There are seven major rivers in Tennessee, which provide a variety of recreation opportunities.

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