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Difficulty III+
Length 3 Miles
Gauge LITTLE RIVER ABOVE TOWNSEND, TN
Flow Range 4 - 8 FT
Flow Rate as of: 24 minutes ago 2.93 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/30/2008 9:32 pm

River Description


One can hike into the upper reaches of this run by starting at the West Prong Trailhead, which begans at a parking area on the right as you arrive at the Tremont Institute. This section drops 250 ft/mile, so it is probably 3-4 smoky creeking with some wood in it, as it is quite small. Starting at the confluence of Laurel Creek, the run has many quality class 3-3+ rapids, with liberal sprinklings of wood, though all can be avoided at this time. Conditions change often though, so scout the few spots that can't be seen from the road. The big drop is an 8 foot ledge above the confluence with Middle Prong. It is slightly undercut on the left and there is a piton/pin depending on the level, on the right. Straightforward nonetheless. This is something that I would do when the Little is way high and your group is not up for the Class 4-5 steep creeking that is blowing up elsewhere.

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This watershed is only about 7 square miles, so it requires at least 1.5 inches of rain. The little at 6 feet or higher and rising is a pretty good indicator. There is a rain gauge for Cades Cove. Averaging this gauge's rain totals with Newfound Gap's rain totals gives an accurate representation of how much rain fell in the watershed. Upon arrival, a simple drive up the road will reveal the level.

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