Scenic River Classifications

Rivers or segments of rivers selected for state scenic river designation are categorized into classifications based on set criteria to best suit the manner in which the river shall be managed. The three state scenic river classifications are:

Natural River Areas - Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free flowing, unpolluted and with shorelines and scenic vistas essentially primitive and generally inaccessible except by trail.

Pastoral River Areas - Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free flowing, unpolluted and with shorelines and scenic vistas partially or predominately used for agricultural and other recreational activities which do not interfere with public use and enjoyment of the river and shores.

Partially Developed River Areas - Those rivers or sections of rivers that are free flowing, unpolluted and with shorelines and vistas essentially more developed.

Summary of Scenic River Classifications
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • 1. Blackburn Fork- Class I - Natural River Area -That segment of the stream from the county road at Cummings Mill downstream one and one-half (1-1/2) miles. Class ll- Pastoral Area - That segment downstream from a point one and one-half (1-1/2) miles downstream from the county road at Cummings Mill to its confluence with Roaring River.
  • 2. Buffalo River- Class ll - Pastoral River Area- The entire river, except that portion which lies within Wayne, Perry, Humphreys and Lewis counties.
  • 3. Clinch River- Class lll - Developed River Area - That portion from Melton Hill Dam upstream to Pellissippi Parkway.
  • 4. Collins River- Class ll - Pastoral River Area - That segment which lies within the Savage Gulf natural-scientific area.
  • 5. Conasauga River- Class I - Natural River Area - The segment of the river in Polk Co, upstream from the Hwy 411 bridge.
  • 6. Duck River- Class ll - Pastoral River Area - That segment of the Duck River beginning at lron Bridge Road at river mile a136.4 and extending continuously to the boundary of Marshall County at river mile 173.7.
  • 7. French Broad River- Class lll - Developed River Area - That segment from the North Carolina state line to its confluence with Douglas Lake.
  • 8. Harpeth River Class ll - Pastoral River Area - The entire river except that segment lying north of Highway 100 and south of lnterstate 40 in Davidson County; and except those segments located in Cheatham, Dickson and Williamson counties. Class lll Developed River Area - Only the segment of the Harpeth lying north of Hwy 100.
  • 9. Hatchie River- Class I - Natural River Area - as a swamp river.
  • 10. Hiwassee River- Class lll - Developed River Area- That portion from the Highway 411 bridge to the North Carolina line.
  • 11. Roaring River- Class I - Natural River Area - That segment from State Route 136 downstream two (2) miles. Class ll - Pastoral River Area - That segment downstream from a point two (2) miles downstream from State Class ll - Pastoral River Area - Route 136, to its confluence with the Cordell Hull Lake.
  • 12. Spring Creek- Class I - Natural River Area - That segment from Waterloo Mill downstream to the Overton-Jackson county line. Class ll- Pastoral River Area -That segment between State Highway 136 and Waterloo Mill, and that segment downstream from the Overton-Jackson county line to its confluence with Roaring River.
  • 13. Tuckahoe Creek- Class lll - Developed River Area - The entire creek.