McBee Ferry to Asheville Hwy - 10.43 Mi

by  dawnql
  • McBee Bridge

    McBee Bridge

  • Roseberry Creek

    Roseberry Creek

  • Flat Creek

    Flat Creek

A self-supported trip created by dawnql

Trip Overview

A beautiful section of the Holston River near Knoxville, TN. The trip begins at McBee Landing Park in Strawberry Plains, passing under the 785-foot McBee bridge (aka rainbow bridge) shortly thereafter. Horses, cows, geese, and dogs were seen enjoying the water along the way. We also spotted 2 juvenile bald eagles about halfway into our paddle. Roseberry creek is a great place to stop for lunch with a gravel bar nearby for larger groups.

There is a rock shelter or cave on the left before takeout. We did not have time to check it out but there is a rope and ladder inside of it.


The Cherokee Dam was not generating. Some areas were quite shallow but deep enough for a flat bottom kayak. Exposed shoals created some ripples and required maneuvering.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 4/29/2023
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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