Clemmer Trail

Ocoee, Tennessee

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The 11.4 total miles of this Cherokee National Forest out-and-back singletrack explores the Rock Creek Scenic Area just north of Lake Ocoee. Rock Creek is formed from four small springs gushing out of the upper slopes of Chilhowee Mountain. The stream drops over Benton Falls on its way to the lake formed by the backed-up waters of the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic white-water events. An early spring ride down into the gorge most likely will give rise to the smell of the trailing arbutus, an intensely fragrant evergreen creeper. It, and the more common wild grape, are the likely candidates for what the Cherokee Indians were describing when they named this place Ocoee- "land of the apricot vine." In any case, the off-road riding here is as sweet as it gets. This route can be made into a 20-mile loop by riding a section of pavement (7 miles) and gravel (8 miles).

Clemmer Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The 11.4 total miles of this Cherokee National Forest out-and-back singletrack explores the Rock Creek Scenic Area just north of Lake Ocoee. Rock Creek is formed from four small springs gushing out of the upper slopes of Chilhowee Mountain. The stream drops over Benton Falls on its way to the lake formed by the backed-up waters of the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic white-water events.

An early spring ride down into the gorge most likely will give rise to the smell of the trailing arbutus, an intensely fragrant evergreen creeper. It, and the more common wild grape, are the likely candidates for what the Cherokee Indians were describing when they named this place Ocoee- "land of the apricot vine." In any case, the off-road riding here is as sweet as it gets. This route can be made into a 20-mile loop by riding a section of pavement (7 miles) and gravel (8 miles)."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ocoee
Distance: 11.4
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Ocoee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, 423-338-5201.
Local Maps: A map of the trail system is placed at the fee station.
Driving Directions: Directions to Clemmer Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/11/2002
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Great trail, veiw of Benton Falls 1 mile in. Last 1/2 of trail very steep. You will cross 5 small streams along the way.There is a very nice small lake for swimming at the entrance.



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May 2018