Little, Tennessee, US
4. Townsend to Dam at Melrose
||II (for normal flows)
BluffsPhoto by Forrest Easterly taken 04/02/16
LITTLE RIVER NEAR MARYVILLE, TN
450 - 3000 cfs
450 cfs is the enjoyable minimum. This section can be run at levels over 3,000 cfs, but is not suitable for beginners or those without proper whitewater boats
This is a nice stretch of river with short class II rapids interspersed between long quiet pools.
There is adequate parking at the put-in (at public park across Hwy 321 from Apple Valley Country
Store) and a TVA boat ramp at the takeout (at old mill dam on Hwy 321 near Melrose). You can
put-in at the "Y" in the park which adds about 5 miles to the run but be aware there is
a dam at about river mile 33.5 (TopoZone) that must be portaged. There is a warning sign on river
left as you approach the dam at the Melrose takeout, but pay attention.
Also there are the remains of a dam about 3/4 mile below Walland (about river mile 23, TopoZone).
About 2/3 of the dam has been demolished (part remains on river right). This is best run at
extreme river left at higher flows but be careful as there is potential for dangerous hydraulics
at very high flows.
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Last Updated: 2016-07-19 23:04:49