Chattanooga is convenient to some of the best white water in the country. Drive thirty minutes and you are at the 1996 Olympic Whitewater center. The Ocoee Whitewater Center, located in Ducktown, Tennessee is just an hour from Chattanooga, is a world class facility built by the United States Forestry Service, and was host of the canoe, kayak and slalom events. Since the Olympics, the area has become home to kayakers and rafters of all abilities, enjoying the excellent whitewater. The water released from the Upper Ocoee River creates the great push that creates great whitewater in the Middle Ocoee River and is administered by TVA.
Even if you don’t enjoy rafting, the area is a fun place to visit. Between releases, the river bed is prime rock hopping ground. The area also offers amazing hiking and biking trails for all abilities from pro cyclists to families and offers a one mile hiking trail which crosses a 330 foot suspension bridge and accessible to those who are physically challenged. Prime picnicking spots are located all along the course and an afternoon can be whiled away watching the rafters and kayakers going by. There are numerous rafting companies including Ocoee Adventure Center which offer rentals and rafting for all abilities.
Chattanooga is a great place to live, thanks in part to the opportunities to enjoy the surrounding areas and all the outdoor activities available. Contact Chattanooga Property Shop if you would like to know more about living and playing in the Chattanooga area.
**Video Credit…Jim Harmon.