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The Caney Fork river begins in central Tennessee and flows North West for 144 miles before merging into the Cumberland River in Smith County, near Carthage Tennessee. Caney Fork is formed by the confluence of the Collins and Rocky rivers near ???, Tennessee.

The Caney Fork is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) which provides flood control and 

Caney Fork River
Photo by Todd Ratermann ©
power generation for the surrounding area via the Great Falls Dam and Center Hill Dam. Great Falls Dam was built for power generation by the Tennessee Electric Power Company and completed in 1916. It was later purchased by TVA in 1939. Whitewater rapids below the dam are world renowned for kayaking and canoeing and have been the site for national and international paddling events. In 1998 and 1999 the Caney Fork river within Rock Island State Park was the location for the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team Trials.


The Caney Fork is a popular river for canoeing and kayaking. There are two sections of the river that are the most popular with paddlers. The most popular section is the calm water section from the Center Hill Dam down river 28 miles to it's confluence with the Cumberland River. The whitewater section which runs from Clifty Bridge downstream through Scott's Gulf to Bee Creek and is rated Class V whitewater river during most of the spring. This section is recommended for experienced kayakers and rafters only.
The Long Branch Campground is a public campground located at the base of Center Hill Dam on the West side of the river. Campground reservations may be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Backcountry camping is also available along the Caney Fork River in the Scott's Gulf (Pocket Wilderness) area of White County.


Caney Fork Related Links:
Center Hill Lake Maps
Management Plan for Center Hill Tailwater Trout Fishery (PDF)
Caney Fork Creel Survey
History from the Caney Fork River Area

TWRA Water Quality Solutions Proposal

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