The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Lower Hiwassee Canoe Trip
Sunday, July 11 and August 29, 2010


Brief Description:   We will canoe 9 miles from the Gee Creek Campground to the Patty Bridge takeout. This is a fairly leisurely trip for open canoes.  It is 3 miles to the US411 bridge, then another 6 miles down to the Patty Bridge. Each person will be responsible for their own canoe, life jackets, and other gear.  Anyone with a canoe, please let Clayton know if you have room for another person(s) in your canoe. Each person will need water, snacks, rain gear and any other lightweight items (preferably waterproof) to help make the trip enjoyable.  

Length:  9 miles

Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Easy, nothing worse than a class II rapid

Hike Leader If interested, please call Clayton at 423-263-9730

Directions to the TrailheadMeet at 2 p.m. at the boat ramp at the Gee Creek Campground; we will float from the Gee Creek Campground to Patty Bridge. From Gee Creek we will work out the shuttle of vehicles to Patty Bridge to pick up our canoes. 

Post Trip Report: (July 11 trip): Thirteen water lovers fit into six canoes and floated from the Gee Creek boat ramp to Patty Bridge.  The river was low and the water was beautifully clear for spotting bass, trout, and carp.  After unloading canoes at Gee Creek, we left the canoe-hauling vehicles at Patty Bridge and came back to the Gee Creek ramp to launch for the leisurely ride down the river.  Since it was sunny with temperatures in the 90’s, “there wuz a whole lotta splashin goin on.”  Cold watermelon and cantaloupe were divinely served on the river from a cooler in Clayton’s canoe.  We saw two kingfishers and a great blue heron.  Thanks to all for helping with the shuttle and to all who came out for this trip.  Canoeists included Clayton Pannell (leader), George Pannell, Carol and Carroll Guhne, Jane Bohannon, Joanne Jackson, Al Rymer, Durrant Tullock, Esther, Ron, and Ryan Nunley, Steve Kidd, and Mike Matheny. 

(Sunday, August 29 Trip): Eight of us ventured out canoeing and kayaking on the Hiwassee River for several miles.  It was a very relaxing afternoon, enjoying each other’s company while looking at quaint cottages, wildlife, and livestock along the way.  The weather was comfortable and Clayton advised us as to which side of the river to take while approaching small rapids and rocks.  At the end of our trip, while taking out the kayaks, one kayak had a mind of its own, and headed down river.  It was rescued promptly by guest Andy Higginbotham.  Cherokee Hiking Club members included Clayton Pannell (leader), Joanne Jackson, and Bill & Carol Kamm.  Guests included Andy & JoAnn Higginbotham, and Byron and Candace Whittington.  A picture was taken from the shore of the group in their kayaks and canoe, shown below.

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