Piney Creek, Tennessee, US
|Usual Difficulty||III-IV (for normal flows)|
|TELLICO RIVER AT TELLICO PLAINS, TN|
|usgs-03518500||2.50 - 10.00 ft||III-IV||00h17m||1.82 ft (too low)|
Put in from Hwy 70 outside Rockwood.
Paddle out on White's Creek to Hwy 27.
From Wade Harrison:
It has 2 class 4's on it, Baby Gorilla and Stairstep Rapid. Both are pretty close to the putin and easily walked. It has only one undercut, which is one of the first rapids on the run; when its over 1.5', you want even see it; it's covered.
But the gorge isn't the fun part. The play is unbelievable on that run at 4'. When you start to leave the gorge you hit Triple Hole, back to back to back holes that are deep and very playful. Then a few more class 3 stuff and fun holes and then its SURF CITY BABY where White's Creek comes in on the right. You just have to see it at high water to get the real feel for that run, for sure a big-water run. I have run it as high as 8+ feet (no washout level for this run--it only gets meaner) and the holes were crazy at that level. About...6', I would say, is a good cutoff for that run..that means something better is running if it's that high. Overall, its an awesome run that i miss a lot, pretty easy to boat-scout everthing,.
From Andrew McClanahan 2002-12-19:
The put in for the Tiney Piney is actually on Highway 70. Put it in at the bridge over the creek; there is a small gravel road just before the bridge on the left, drive underneath the railroad bridge and put in there (This is just a couple of miles past Ozone Falls if you're headed toward Knoxville from Crossville). Take out is on White's Creek at Highway 27. (To get here, continue on 70 and turn right on 27, White's Creek will be the first bridge you come to, park on the right.) This is a short shuttle.
As of 12-14-02 there is a large tree at the bottom of the first class IV rapid (Stairstep?). Run far right or walk on the left. There is also another bad tree near the end of the first rapid after Baby Gorilla. Walk on the right. Baby Gorilla, you will know it when you get there. The river contricts down into a micro gorge. Walk this one on the right.
This run has great scenery. Most of the run is fun class three with several long low-grade slide-type rapids. Watch out for an undercut slot on river right a few rapids below Baby Gorilla, and a couple of more pesky trees. Whoever owns much of the land on river right has posted numerous "no trespassing" signs on the upstream side of the trees, most likely with boaters in mind. When you get to the junction with White's Creek, it takes on more river characteristics, with rapids of mostly waves and some juicy holes.
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