PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to being in the path of the Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park is expecting larger than usual visitation. If you plan to visit the park, we urge you to arrive early as roads may be congested. Please be aware that areas of the park may be closed at the discretion of park management and if the park reaches capacity, gates will be closed.
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, we've created a unique and helpful guide just for you.
80 Adventures to Celebrate 80 Years showcases 80 of our favorite outdoor adventures, making it easy to explore our natural, cultural and historic heritage. Where will your next adventure begin?
These internationally-recognized white water sites are well known for their scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.
Floating, canoeing and rafting constitute the major attraction for both the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers. Based on the International Scale of River Difficulty, the rivers have Class I, II, III, IV and V rapids. While both locations are exceptional white water settings, users should be aware that even placid looking streams are potentially hazardous for those unskilled and unfamiliar with the basic techniques of floating or water safety.
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park was the first river managed in the State Scenic River program. A 23-river mile section, from the North Carolina to U.S. Hwy. 411 north of Benton, has been declared a Class III partially developed river. This stretch of river offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography. A scenic portion of the John Muir trail winds through the river gorge. Numerous public access sites provide boat launch ramps.
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park is also a popular fishing stream and anglers of all ages enjoy fine catches of large-mouth bass, yellow perch, catfish and brown and rainbow trout. The latter two species are stocked by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
The Gee Creek primitive tent campground has 47 campsites, each with a table, fire ring and grill. Adjacent is the Gee Creek Wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest.
Park Trail Maps
Looking for a trail map? Click the link below to see a list of the maps available at this park. The page includes all the trail maps we have available, organized by park. We have free and paid options that provide you the details you need to have your next great adventure in Tennessee.