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Ocoee-River is a river in southeast Tennessee that held great importance for both the Cherokee and Creek Indians. Today, it has become one of the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the United States. Located in the Cherokee National Forest, the Ocoee River is a tributary of the Hiwassee River, which join together in Polk County, near the town of Benton. The whitewater slalom events of the 1996 Summer Olympics were conducted on a one-mile whitewater course on the Ocoee. The river has also been rated "one of the ten best whitewater rivers in the country" by Canoe Magazine. The Ocoee River flows through a spectacular gorge and provides over twenty continuous rapids and miles of fun for visitors. The river is separated into thee parts: The Upper Ocoee is the Olympic course, the Middle Ocoee is the site of commercial rafting and the Lower Ocoee (below Parksville Lake Dam) is great for a lazy tube ride. Besides rafting, other activities in the area include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking and biking. The Ocoee River sees some 250,000 visitors per year. Other Polk County attractions include historic sites, antique and specialty shops, museums and the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure, a thrilling 50-mile round trip up the lower Hiwassee River gorge.

Surrounding areas: Benton, Tennessee (2.2 mi), Coker Creek, Tennessee (14.9 mi), Ducktown, Tennessee (19.5 mi), Decatur, Tennessee (22.9 mi), Tellico Plains, Tennessee (23.1 mi), Sweetwater, Tennessee (29.3 mi), Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee (34.4 mi)

Ocoee River Vacation Rentals

Ocoee River Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sleep InnTennessee Ave Us Hwy 411Etowah, TN11.0 mi.(423) 263-4343
Sleep Inn & Suites600 N Tennessee AveEtowah, TN11.2 mi.(423) 263-4343
Classic Suites179 Bernham DrCleveland, TN12.0 mi.(423) 339-4900
Exclusive Quarters210 James Asbury Dr NWCleveland, TN12.0 mi.(423) 479-1333
Super 8 Motel163 Bernham DrCleveland, TN12.0 mi.(423) 476-5555
Comfort Inn153 James Asbury DrCleveland, TN12.1 mi.(423) 478-5265
Econo Lodge2655 Westside Dr NWCleveland, TN12.6 mi.(423) 472-3281
Applegate Inn1857 Apd 40 By PassCleveland, TN12.8 mi.(423) 479-9915
Hampton Inn Cleveland185 James Ashbury Dr NWCleveland, TN12.8 mi.(423) 559-1001
Jameson Inn - Cleveland360 Paul Huff PkwyCleveland, TN12.8 mi.(423) 614-5583
Knights Inn2421 Gerogetown Rd N WCleveland, TN12.8 mi.(423) 479-1333
Howard Johnson2595 Georgetown RdCleveland, TN12.9 mi.(423) 476-8511
Holiday Inn2400 Executive Park Dr NWCleveland, TN13.0 mi.(423) 472-1504
Wingate Inn110 Interstate DrCleveland, TN13.1 mi.(423) 478-1212
Baymont Inn & Suites-cleveland107 Interstate Dr NWCleveland, TN13.2 mi.(423) 339-1000
Travelodge115 County Rd 247Athens, TN16.8 mi.(423) 745-1212
Hospitality Inns Of America172 Pleasant Grove RdMcdonald, TN17.3 mi.(423) 479-4531
Days Inn Of Athens2541 Decatur PikeAthens, TN17.4 mi.(423) 745-5800
Econo Lodge2620 Decatur PikeAthens, TN17.4 mi.(423) 744-8200
Hampton Inn Athens1821 Holiday DrAthens, TN17.9 mi.(423) 745-2345
Holiday Inn Express1819 Holiday DrAthens, TN17.9 mi.(423) 649-0003
Trails End CabinsRt 1 Box 253Turtletown, TN18.0 mi.(704) 494-4610
Best Western Copper InnUS Hwy 64Ducktown, TN19.5 mi.(423) 496-5541
Americas Best Value Inn7875 Rhea Country HwyDayton, TN28.2 mi.(423) 775-9190
Best Western Dayton7835 Rhea County HwyDayton, TN28.2 mi.(423) 775-6560
Holiday Inn Express2650 Rhea County HwyDayton, TN28.2 mi.(423) 570-0080
Best Western Sweetwater Inn1421 Murrays Chapel RdSweetwater, TN28.3 mi.(423) 337-3541
Frindship Inn/airport7725 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.5 mi.(423) 899-2288
Comfort Inn-chattanooga7717 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.6 mi.(423) 894-5454
Comfort Inn731 S Main StSweetwater, TN28.6 mi.(423) 337-6646
Motel 6 #7007707 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.7 mi.(423) 892-7707
Hometown Inn222 W Sequoyah Access RdSoddy Daisy, TN28.7 mi.(423) 332-7755
Econo Lodge/airport7421 Bonny Oaks DrChattanooga, TN28.8 mi.(423) 499-9550
Best Western Heritage Inn7641 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.9 mi.(423) 899-8311
Country Hearth Inn7638 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.9 mi.(888) 363-9568
Comfort Inn7620 Hamilton Park DrChattanooga, TN29.0 mi.(423) 499-1993
Quality Inn7624 Hamilton Park DrChattanooga, TN29.0 mi.(423) 263-1148
Best Value Sweetwater Hotel180 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN29.5 mi.(423) 337-3511
Budget Host Inn207 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN29.5 mi.(423) 337-9357
Comfort Inn249 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN29.5 mi.(423) 337-3353

Ocoee River Weather & Climate

Southeastern Tennessee has a temperate climate with four seasons. Winters are generally short and mild, and summers are warm and humid, with cooler temperatures in the high mountain regions. Rain is common year round. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March with warmer weather and flowering trees and shrubs. Summer arrives full force 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. Fall brings mild days and crisp evenings, along with brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change. Severe weather, such as tornadoes or blizzards, is rare in the state of Tennessee.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 27°F 5.37 in. -
February 53°F 30°F 4.60 in. -
March 62°F 37°F 6.19 in. -
April 71°F 44°F 4.42 in. -
May 78°F 53°F 4.94 in. -
June 85°F 61°F 4.51 in. -
July 88°F 66°F 4.29 in. -
August 87°F 65°F 3.43 in. -
September 81°F 58°F 4.46 in. -
October 71°F 45°F 3.39 in. -
November 60°F 36°F 4.85 in. -
December 51°F 30°F 4.97 in. -

Ocoee River Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Lovell Field (CHA) located about 33 miles west of Ocoee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 56 miles northeast of Ocoee River in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Richard B Russell airport (RMG) located roughly 65 miles southwest of Ocoee River in Rome, Georgia, and finally the Cartersville airport (VPC) located around 75 miles south of Ocoee River in Cartersville, Georgia.

Ocoee River Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA38.7 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN74.0 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN74.0 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN76.7 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC77.9 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC77.9 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA86.8 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA79.4 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA86.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Chatata Valley Golf CourseClevelandTN12.6 mi.
Cherokee Springs Golf CourseClevelandTN12.6 mi.
Ridgewood Golf ClubAthensTN16.6 mi.
White Oaks Golf CourseAthensTN16.6 mi.
Copper Basin Golf ClubCopperhillTN22.6 mi.
Lakehaven Golf & Country ClubDecaturTN22.9 mi.
Nob North Golf CourseCohuttaGA24.2 mi.
Madisonville Golf CourseMadisonvilleTN26.9 mi.
Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State ParkHarrisonTN27.5 mi.
Dayton Golf & Country ClubEvensvilleTN29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC77.0 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC90.5 mi.
State Parks
Harrison Bay State ParkTN26.2 mi. 
Booker T Washington State ParkTN29.9 mi. 
Fort Mountain State ParkGA30.9 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN35.4 mi.(History)
National Knife MuseumChattanoogaTN38.5 mi.(Technology)
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumChattanoogaTN38.5 mi.(Technology)
Chattanooga Regional History MuseumChattanoogaTN38.5 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN54.8 mi.(History)
American Museum of Science and EnergyOak RidgeTN59.7 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN38.5 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN38.5 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN66.6 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA101.9 mi.

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