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Old Copper Road Professional Review and Guide
"This is an easy trail, great for beginner riders and fun for just about everyone. The trail follows the last existing segment of the Old Copper Road which connected the copper mines in Copperhill with the railroads in Cleveland. It is mostly flat and follows right beside the upper Ocoee River with its swimming holes and rapids. You'll start and finish at the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater slalom course which is now home to the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Highlights: Designated bike trail, pea gravel, roots, rocks, Ocoee River."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee (Milestone Press).
If you are new to riding and looking for an enjoyable ride, check this one out. There are lots of rocks and roots on the trail to help you get the feel of your suspension and several stretches of smooth graveled path to allow you to ride at speed.
If you are experienced, it is a great warm-up for some more challenging trails close by (check at the desk of the Whitewater center for maps of new trails across the river) or a simple ride if you are short on time trying to squeeze in one more ride on your way out from the numerous trails in the area. Either way it's a good trail for what it is: short, fairly simple, and beside the river.
A great place to get familiar with single track riding. A fair amount of rocks and roots to test your ability to unclip your shoes in a hurry. Average speed along the trail was around 5 mph, with a few bursts up to 15. Watch for hikers and swimmers. There are several swimming holes along the trail. Time out and back: 1.5 hours.
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