Old Copper Road Trail

Cleveland, Tennessee 37323

Old Copper Road Trail

Old Copper Road Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Few trails in Appalachia can be ridden as easily as this 2.4-mile out-and-back doubletrack (4.8 miles total), which follows the first road built into the Copper Basin. What it lacks in difficulty and technical challenge, though, is compensated by its scenery and history. So much copper was found that it sped construction of a road to Ducktown, TN, six miles east of the Ocoee White Water Center trailhead.

Old Copper Road went from the Copper Basin to Cleveland, TN, a distance of 33 miles, where the copper was off-loaded from mule teams and loaded onto trains. All but the remaining 2.4-mile stretch was paved. The trail is being restored to the road's original 1851 construction. The trail follows the Ocoee River, squeezed between Little Frog Mountain and Licklog Ridge."

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The Old Copper Road Trail is beautiful and well-maintained, stretching from the Whitewater Center along Hwy 64 through the backcountry to Ocoee Dam #3 following along the edge of the famed Ocoee River. You’ll need to access it by the Whitewater Center (where it is $3 to park unless you have a Cherokee National Forest parking pass), as the road to the Dam is closed to the public (it is used by the various outfitters that take rafters & kayakers up to the Dam #3 put-in. The trail is well-maintained and well-traveled, as it is used by a lot of hikers and mountain bikers alike. Expect to see dogs with hikers along the way. While the terrain is rolling, it is not as steep as other trails in the area. The trail is open year-round. Note that it is near, but not in, Cleveland, TN as the guide states. You will take Hwy 64 out from Cleveland pass Benton and Ocoee and go a good ways into the Cherokee National Forest to get to the Whitewater Center.

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Ocoee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, 423-338-5201.
Local Contacts
A brochure, "Old Copper Road Trail," is available at the OWWC or the ranger district office.
Local Maps

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Sep 2018