Ocoee Whitewater Center, Copperhill

River Rafting / Tubing · Hidden Gem · Boat Tour
The Ocoee Whitewater Center, near Ducktown, Tennessee, United States, was the canoe slalom venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and is the only in-river course to be used for Olympic slalom competition. A 1,640 foot (500 m) stretch of the Upper Ocoee River was narrowed by two-thirds to create the drops and eddies needed for a slalom course. Today, the course is watered only on summer weekends, 34 days a year, for use by guided rafts and private boaters. When the river has water, 24 commercial rafting companies take more than 750 raft passengers through the course each day.

Because the river is dry most of the year, the Center, now operated by the U.S. Forest Service, also serves as a site for hiking, mountain biking, conferences, weddings, and receptions. It receives about 300,000 visitors a year.
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  • The Ocoee Whitewater Center was home to the whitewater events at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The river has rocks positioned to allow the water to move through and create rapids. It is a...  more »
  • Will was our river guide. Very informative and fun. Catered to everyone’s needs and made sure everyone was comfortable and having fun. Also loved the hat.  more »
  • I stop here whenever I am in town. Great to check out the Olympic memorabilia. It's surrounding by beautiful views and hiking trails!
  • Great place to go for a walk during the week when not busy. Weekends during summer very busy. Beautiful place and was the sight of the 1996 Olympics whitewater events.
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