The Smoky Mountain Blueways consists of the Cheoah, Little Tennessee, Nantahala, Oconaluftee and Tuckaseegee Rivers that flow into Lake Fontana creating the “blueways system” of the Upper Little Tennessee Watershed. This system boasts some of the Southeast’s most accessible and yet pristine rivers, lakes, and streams that flow through the Southeastern United States. In fact, The IFC World Freestyle Kayaking Championships were held on the Nantahala River in 2013 confirming the region’s standing as one the“premier” water sports recreation areas in the world.
Come explore lush and diverse forests and protected parks on these waterways. The Smoky Mountain Blueways crisscrosses the Nantahala National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Pisgah National Forest, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Encounter breathtaking mountain scenery, wildlife, abundant flowers, trees, fish, waterfalls and geological wonders on the many Smoky Mountain Blueways!
Enjoy Outdoors Recreational Activities on Smoky Mountains Blueways
Plan a trip to the North Carolina’s Smokies explore some of the most beautiful mountains in America . Mountain trails and scenic roads near the Smoky Mountain Blueways offer hiking, mountain biking, road cycling, motorcycling, zip lining and more. Enjoy breathtaking scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway, Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and many other scenic byways that criss-cross the North Carolina Smokies.