Old Copper Road Trail

Cleveland, Tennessee

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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.
Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

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Mountain Bike! The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains

by Steve Jones (Menasha Ridge Press)

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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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cleveland
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Ocoee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, 423-338-5201.
Local Maps: A brochure, "Old Copper Road Trail," is available at the OWWC or the ranger district office.
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Copper Road Trail

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May 2018