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Description - The Ocoee River originates form the Toocoa River which flows from the North Georgia mountains. As the river crosses the state line in Copperhill, Tennessee, it becomes the Ocoee River. As far back as 1840, the river was not constrained by dams and it was allowed to roar freely as a whitewater river from Tumbling Creek to Greasy Creek. This area is know as the Ocoee gorge. The gorge was formed by the foothills of Big Frog Mountain to the south and Little Frog Mountain to the north.

Attractions - The Ocoee Whitewater Center offers a sample of all that is available in the area-whitewater sports, picnicking, camping, hiking and mountain biking.

Recreation - The Ocoee River is a whitewater enthusiast's dream. Paddling sports are the most popular events on the river. Picnicking and fishing are also available.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cooling fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change.

Location - The Ocoee River originates form the Toocoa River, which flows from the North Georgia mountains. As the river crosses the state line in Copperhill, Tennessee, it becomes the Ocoee River. The river flows through the Ocoee Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest, in the southeastern corner of the state of Tennessee.

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Tennessee Rivers - There are seven major rivers in Tennessee, which provide a variety of recreation opportunities.


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