Sun dappled forests line Hwy. 30 as it follows the Hiwassee Scenic River into the Cherokee National Forest. After reaching the historic community of Reliance, cross the river bridge and turn onto Childers Creek Rd. to climb he mountain to Big Bend and Apalachia Powerhouse, a popular fishing destination, for spectacular views of the river and wildlife. Stop by one or the fly fishing shops or Webb Brothers Store in Reliance for laid back conversation and a snack.
Chilhowee Recreation Area
Part of Chilhowee Recreation Area, the lake rests on top of Chilhowee Mountain.
The Chilhowee Trail System beckons hikers and mountain bikers (novice to experienced) to more than 20 miles of trails. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so have your camera ready and tread lightly. Picnic, bathhouse, and campground facilities make this a perfect spot for a family vacation. Non-motorized boats are allowed, but gasoline motors are not. There is a parking area at the trailhead for Benton Falls trail. ($3.00 day fee).
Location: From Hwy 64 turn onto Forest Service Rd 77. Drive 7.5 miles to Chilhowee Recreation Area. A beautiful drive up the mountain.
The 96-acre lake offers opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing. Picnic areas with grills and a picnic pavilion is provided. Three miles of hiking and biking trails around the lake. Visitors may enjoy watching beaver, ducks and other waterfowl, or try their luck at catching bass, sunfish and catfish. Eighty-seven site family-oriented campground equipped with picnic tables, electrical hookups, showers, flush toilets, and on-site dump station.
Location: From Tellico Plains take Hwy 165 for 16 miles. Turn left onto FS road 345 and travel 2 miles to entrance.