Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park

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Activities

Boating

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.

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Fishing

The Hiwassee Scenic River flows through the Cherokee National Forest and Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park. It is a regulated river heavily used by rafters and kayakers at high flows but you can also hire a guide to fish from a drift boat.  Wade fishing is limited to low flow periods. Anglers can catch Largemouth Bass, yellow perch, catfish, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Fishing for trout is best fall through late spring during the stocking seasons. Many anglers flyfish but other tackle is just as effective. A trout stamp is required.

Hiking

Gee Creek Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy