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Online mapping and trip planning resource
for the Hiwassee, Nottely, and Valley Rivers
Hiwassee River | Nottely River | Valley River
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Uniquely situated between four destination whitewater rivers in the southeast - the Ocoee, Nantahala, Cheoah and Chattooga - the Hiwassee River watershed hosts a wide variety of river and lake resources for water-based recreational activi- ties for people of all ages, abilities and skill levels.






Until 2013, each of the major rivers in the area - the Hiwassee, Nottely and Valley - had an 11+ mile length where no public access existed. Not only did this create safety and trespass problems but the more adventurous users, but it also limited the general ability for people to enjoy them.

In 2013, the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition received funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission's Toolbox Implementation Fund to develop a plan for improving public access to rivers and lakes in Cherokee and Clay counties, North Carolina. The Hiwassee River Watershed Recreational Access Plan and this online mapping and trip planning web site were developed using the grant.

HRWC continues to work with various partners to secure and develop additional public access according to the priorities outlined in the plan. The G. Forest Hargett River Access Fund was begun in May 2013 to insure long-term funding for river access in the Hiwassee River watershed.

Whatever your favorite water-based recreational activities are, we hope you enjoy the waters of the Hiwassee River watershed!


HRWC Executive Director



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