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The Hiwassee River and its tributary stream, the Ocoee River, are very popular whitewater recreation destinations in Southeast Tennessee’s Polk County. They present a unique example of collaboration among several government agencies.

The flow of the rivers is physically regulated by the Tennessee Valley Authority for the dual purposes of hydroelectric power generation and river recreation. The land through which the rivers flow is part of the Cherokee National Forest, 650,000 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains stretching along the entire eastern boundary of Tennessee, divided by Great Smoky Mountains National Park and managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Hunting and fishing within the national forest is primarily managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.


August 16, 2018
One of the legacies of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Ocoee Whitewater Center near Copperhill, Tenn., serves as a reg
August 16, 2018
Here are some of Southeast Tennessee’s best orchards for autumn apple adventures:   Apple Valley Orchard
October 21, 2020
Athens, Tenn., is a charming historic Tennessee town nestled between Knoxville and Chattanooga in the foothill
October 13, 2020
The Ocoee Ranger District is the southernmost district within the expansive Cherokee National Forest in the southeas
August 31, 2020
Located along the banks of the Hiwassee River,  present-day Charleston, Tenn., played a significant role in history
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