Quench your thirst for adventure in Cleveland and the Ocoee Region!
Our outdoors are overflowing with fun in all four seasons! Take a hike or ride a bike, paddle a kayak or float down a river. Sample the beauty of our state parks and national forest with an outdoor adventure. Our area is rich with scenic beauty, exciting adventures and compelling history. Take a wild ride on the Ocoee River, see incredible mountaintop views and explore important Cherokee history. Whatever you choose, you are going to remember your visit to the Ocoee Region of Tennessee.
With 625,000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty, the Cherokee National Forest is a fabulous Tennessee vacation spot that offers dozens of exciting and relaxing recreational opportunities. Among many activities enjoyed by thousands each year are camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing, swimming and boating on Parksville Lake. The forest’s Scenic Byway, the first scenic byway designated in the nation, winds along Parksville Lake and the Ocoee River. Mountaintops overlooking the Chilhowee recreational area provide breathtaking scenes. There are parking fees in some areas. Contact the Cherokee National Forest at 423-476-9700 for trail maps and more details. For leaf looking information call the Fall Color Hotline 1-800-354-4595.
The Hiwassee River Blueway also offers an amazing variety of water recreation. The Hiwassee River, often called the “mother river” for beginning paddlers offers different personalities as it stretches from Reliance through three counties before merging with the Tennessee. Find whitewater in the upper eastern section great for tubing, kayaking, rafting and fly fishing. Water gets deeper and more still as it flows west, perfect for canoeing, paddle boarding, boating and skiing.