The Hiwassee Blueway was developed with a mission to promote preservation, conservation, economic development, and responsible tourism along the 55 miles of the four counties that touch the Hiwassee River – Bradley, Polk, McMinn and Meigs. The 2023 annual fundraiser includes a scenic train ride on the Hiwassee River Scenic Railroad to the put-in point, followed by a 5-mile paddle on the Hiwassee River from Reliance to Delano. Inflatable kayaks are available from Webb Bros and inflatable stand-up paddle boards from Outshine Adventures. Paddlers can participate with their own paddle crafts as long as they are rated for Class I whitewater. After the paddling, enjoy a catered meal and live music at Savannah Oaks Winery. Visit Hiwassee Blueway Rail to River Paddle.