|Stretch:||North River Campground to Tellico|
|Difficulty:||Class III (IV-)|
|Flows:||Look for Tellico to be 4.5+. USGS's Tellico gauge.|
|Gradient:||105 fpm average|
|Put-in:||North River Campground|
|Take-out:||Bridge on River Rd at the Tellico River|
|Shuttle:||2.7 miles, (10 minutes one-way, good dirt road)|
|Season:||Fall, Winter, and Spring from rain|
I was surprised to find water in this river. It had been low a few days earlier when the Tellico was running at 4.1' so I expected the same 4 days later when it was running 4.2'. But, it had water… so, we drove up it after having some novelty fun on the 3x Upper and 2x Upper runs on the Tellico. Driving up it, we saw meh whitewater and some wood. So instead of doing the whole run, we just parked and hucked the small 5 foot ledge that is halfway down the run. It is a small ledge, perhaps great for people who really want to hone their skills. But, yea, it was just a novelty.
The rest of the run didn't look all that impressive. I don't know. Maybe it is great. But, it didn't look like it to me. So we didn't bother. Plus, we were super short on time as Diane had to get back for work.
- Ledge (III). This ledge can be parked and hucked if you are so inclined. It is fine down the middle. The lead in can be a bit tricky on the left, but is straight forward on the right.
- Confluence (IV). The only real action I saw on the run was the final 100 yards down to the confluence. The river drops fast along the road bank in a congested manner. It also had wood our day, so it would have been a portage.
Take-out: From the town of Tellico Plains, take TN-165 4.5 miles east up river. When the river tries to bend away from the river, turn right on River Rd to continue traveling upriver on the smaller two lane road. Follow this 9.6 miles and park just past the bridge that crosses the North River.
Put-in: turn onto North River Rd and follow the river up to the campground, 2.7 miles. Or for the park and huck, just go 1.6 miles up to the ledge.
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