Thanks for the response Mac. Those sound like the kind of places I need to get my feet wet.
Speaking of that, I need to purchase some sort of wading boot/shoe for this trip. I'm looking to keep cost around $100 and I'm trying to decide if I want to opt for a boot or shoe style. Most of my wading will be wet wading done in rivers in west and middle tn (mainly gravel, very little slick stones) with at least an annual trip to the park. I'm looking at the Chota Abrams Creek as well as the Chota Middle Fork shoes and the Korkers shoes. Anyone have any insight? Any other gear tips would be appreciated as well.