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Ocoee River Loop

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A great 10-mile loop in the area.


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10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

Loop

2,299' 701 m

High

1,144' 349 m

Low

1,671' 509 m

Up

1,682' 513 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This hike features a section of the BMT, Rock Creek Trail #125 in its entirety, about 0.5 miles of road hiking (downhill), the Whitewater Center where the 1996 Olympic rafting trials occurred, and the Rhododendron Trail.

Need to Know

Restrooms are available at Thunder Rock Campground and at the Whitewater Center.

Description

Parking at Thunder Rock Campgroud (parking is free), you'll hike across the bridge overlooking the Ocoee River, across Hwy 64 to the Benton MacKaye Trail. You'll hike up the BMT, until you get to the Rock Creek Trail #125 (the junction is well marked).

This section features a well maintained path with beautiful fall colors. The Rock Creek Trail will take you back to Hwy 64 where you'll hike on the road for about 0.5 miles to the Whitewater Center. During the summer, you can see lots of rafters and kayakers attempting the olympic section which features many back-to-back class 4 rapids.

From the Whitewater Center, you'll cross the bridge over the Ocoee River to the Rhododendron Trail. The Rhododendron Trail follows the Ocoee River and starts out as paved then turns into gravel. This trail will take you back to the Thunder Rock campground for a 10-mile loop.

There are also many other great trails that you could connect to from the Whitewater Center to make a larger loop.

Flora & Fauna

Rhododendron

History & Background

You'll hike through the Whitewater Center which is where the 1996 Olympic rafting trials were held.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jake Simko

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Site of the 1996 Olympic rafting trials
Nov 27, 2018 near Ducktown, TN
A view of the Ocoee River from the Rhododendron Trail.
Feb 23, 2020 near Ducktown, TN

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Jan 5, 2020
Nathan Tilley
10.2mi — 3h 28m