Little Pigeon River (Tennessee)
The Little Pigeon River is a river located entirely within Sevier County, Tennessee. It rises from a series of streams which flow together on the dividing ridge between the states of Tennessee and North Carolina inside the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The river is subdivided with three separate tributaries: East, Middle, and West.
|Little Pigeon River|
|Source||Middle Prong Little Pigeon River|
|⁃ location||below Mount Guyot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee|
|⁃ elevation||3,028 ft (923 m)|
|2nd source||Porters Creek|
|⁃ location||near Charlies Bunion in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee|
|⁃ elevation||4,680 ft (1,430 m)|
|⁃ location||Greenbrier Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee|
|⁃ elevation||1,654 ft (504 m)|
|Mouth||French Broad River|
|near Sevierville, Tennessee|
|860 ft (260 m)|
|Length||30 mi (48 km)|
|Basin size||373 sq mi (970 km2)|
|⁃ location||Sevierville, downstream from confluence with West Prong, 4.4 miles (7.1 km) above the mouth(mean for water years 1921–1981)|
|⁃ average||570 cu ft/s (16 m3/s)(mean for water years 1921–1981)|
|⁃ minimum||2.8 cu ft/s (0.079 m3/s)September 1925|
|⁃ maximum||55,000 cu ft/s (1,600 m3/s)February 1875|
|River system||Tennessee → Ohio → Mississippi|
The East and Middle prongs are less notable divisions of the river, with the East Prong paralleled for most of its length by State Route 416, and the Middle Prong emerging from the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The West Prong is far better known because it drains the major tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The confluence of the two forks is at Sevierville. From there the stream continues to flow northward, paralleled by State Route 66, until its confluence with the French Broad River just downstream from Douglas Dam.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Middle Prong Little Pigeon River
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Porters Creek
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Little Pigeon River
- J.A. Switzer, "The Water Powers of Tennessee," Tennessee State Geological Survey Bulletin 17 (1914), p. 51.
- United States Geological Survey, Water Resources Data Tennessee: Water Year 1982, Water Data Report TN-82-1, p. 135.
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