Ocoee Whitewater Center


Tackling the Ocoee River

One of the legacies of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Ocoee Whitewater Center was the location of the Canoe, Kayak and Slalom events. This was the first time these events were held on a natural river and it was appropriate the Ocoee should be chosen as the site as it was already one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the world. Located on Hwy. 64 north of McCaysville, the center was built by the U.S. Forest Service. Constructed using 60,000 tons of native rock, individually placed and cemented into position along the banks of the river, the river bed itself was narrowed to create the spectacular rapids necessary for the competition. Rafters, canoers and kayakers all journey to the center located in the Ocoee River Gorge to enjoy the whitewater.

In addition to whitewater sports, the center has a one-mile hiking trail which crosses a 330 foot suspension bridge and circles the center. The trail is entirely accessible for those who are physically challenged. There are an additional 20 miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers, including the Bear Paw Trail and the Chestnut Mountain Trail, both of which are loops. A recent addition, the Thunder Rock Express, has received a lot of positive comments from bikers.

The Old Copper Road Historic Trail allows hikers and bikers an easier paced adventure along the restored path that was used to transport copper by wagon from Ducktown to Cleveland before the arrival of the railroad from Blue Ridge. Even if you don't want to play in the whitewater, hike or bike, scenic U.S. Highway 64 through the gorge offers many photographic opportunities and there are swimming holes, picnic areas, a native garden, gift shop and much more....

Ocoee Whitewater Center
4400 Hwy 64
Copperhill, TN 37317

Directions to The Ocoee Whitewater Center from Atlanta:

  • Take Interstate 75 north to I-575
  • Continue north on I-575 to GA 515, the Georgia Mountain Parkway
  • In Blue Ridge, take GA 5 north to McCaysville
  • Then turn left on Tennessee Highway 68
  • In Ducktown, take U.S. 64 west to the Ocoee Whitewater Center on the left