Copperhill, Tennessee, with a population of 2,473, is located in Polk County, TN and 52.7 miles from Chattanooga. In 1977 Ocoee Outdoors pioneered guided whitewater rafting trips on the Ocoee River. The Ocoee River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in America, with more than 200,000 rafters braving the rapids each year. "The Ocoee explodes into five miles of almost continuous whitewater, with over 20 Class III and IV rapids. From the Class IV Grumpy Rapid at the start, to the grand finale Hell's Hole, the Ocoee guarantees a memorable whitewater adventure for the beginner and experienced whitewater rafter. Rapids like Broken Nose, Double Suck, Double Trouble, Surprise, Table Saw, Torpedo and Bubba Home Free fill in the spaces between."
The closest airport is Blairsville Airport (46A) in Blairsville, GA.
Copperhill, Tennessee was established in the 1830s.
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Cherokee National Forest
Cherokee National Forest - Tennessee's only National Forest, the Cherokee, covers nearly 630,000 acres in ten East Tennessee counties. It is the largest tract of public land in the State. The forest is separated into two parts by Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Because of the Cherokee's majestic mountains, tumbling streams, and diverse vegetation, recreation opportunities are plentiful. Cherokee National Forest has 30 developed campgrounds, 30 picnic areas, 700 miles of trail, hundreds of miles of cold water streams, seven whitewater rivers, thousands of acres of dispersed opportunties, and abundant populations of wildlife.
Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the historic Burra Burra mine site where 300 acres of denuded land has been set aside as a memorial to the devastation of the Copper Basin. A short distance from the museum is the Central headframe where one can inspect the massive machinery used to power the cables that had lifted the ore from the underground mines into the headframe and onto the railroad cars.
Ocoee Scenic Byway, the first National Forest Byway in the nation, winds through the Cherokee National Forest, passing Parksville Lake and continuing through the scenic bluffs of the Ocoee River Gorge. One section of the byway climbs to the top of the Chilhowee Mountains in Tennessee. From here, one sees magnificent views of the Tennessee Valley, the Cumberland Plateau, the Blue Ridge Province, and, on a clear day, views of North Carolina and Georgia.
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is 28 miles from Benton in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The train route consists of a 26-mile round trip through historic Murphy Junction along the beautiful Toccoa River. This railroad was built over 100 years ago and is the only mainline railroad excursion service based in Georgia. Each trip begins at the depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia and includes a stop in McCaysville which allows passengers to disembark and stretch their legs while exploring the downtown communities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Each round trip takes approximately 3 1/2 hours.
Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race - 80 co-ed teams of three hike, mountain bike, run and kayak in the Chattahoochee National Forest during the Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race. The race begins on the historic Shallowford Bridge over the Toccoa River on Aska Road and ends in Downtown Blue Ridge Park, with live music and food at the finish line.
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