Oh! Oh! Ocoee! This river is a tributary of the Hiawassee River and runs through the Cherokee National Forest in Southeast Tennessee. The flow is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority and their utilization of three dams. These dams are responsible for 67,000 kilowatts of electricity.
It is the middle section of this river that is largely known for its white water rafting providing some 20 named rapids. A rousing five miles of hair raising, nearly continual Class three and Class four raging rapids will have you feeling fully alive for sure.
In fact, the upper portion of this river boasts Olympic fame. In the 1996 Summer games, a one mile course provided the locale for Whitewater Slalom events. It's big, yet closely spaced rapids makes it a crowd favorite. Not surprisingly, Canoe magazine listed this river as "one of the 10 best Whitewater rivers in the entire country." Offering quick and consistent challenges and variety keeps this river a "must do" for the whitewater sect.
During the time we have owned At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn the notoriety of this river has grown and some summer guests actually come to our area to experience the Ocoee. A provision with most rafting companies, actually all that I know about in the area, places a minimum age of 12 years to raft this river.
This trip is offered in both half days and full ones.
Patti and Gary Wiles