Old Copper Road Trail is a 4.8 mile out and back trail located near Copperhill, TN. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Too many bikers.
This is a really nice hike. The trail is well maintained and mostly flat. Started at the Ocoee Whitewater Visitor Center (parking fee $3 per day) and hiked up and back. If you hike while the river is not generating (check the TVA website for more information on generating schedules) you will find many casual walkers and swimmers for the first half mile or so. Thereafter we saw no other hikers but did encounter several cyclists. The good thing is the majority of the trail is clear and you can see them coming from far off. The trail had a few historical markers and even a historic bridge from when the road was actually used to transport copper to the railhead. There are some nice rock formations along the trail, many wildflowers (we saw Cardinal Flower, Goldenrod, Joe Pye Weed, Coneflower, just to name a few) and of course many access points to view or dip toes in the river. There are facilities at both ends of the trail. Keep in mind that the mid-point has a gate so be wary of closure times. Make sure you visit the Whitewater Center. This is also the trailhead for the Tanasi Trail System so there is plenty of ways to spend a day.
A nice hike. The hike is mostly flat and along the river bank. We went when the visitors center was closed due to the off season and therefore the facalities were closed, which can make a miserable hike. But I loved the bridge around the trailhead, and the river has interesting bolders in it. The drive along the Ocoee is beautiful. The hike had a few interesting spots. I would walk it again.
Awesome 4.8 mile walk (out and back) from Ocoee Whitewater Center in the Cherokee National Forest. Easy for most. Roots, rocks and creek crossing in spots. Bridges at 1 mi and 2 mi markers.
Primarily for bicycles. Easy. Level with Ocoee river. Many opportunities to veer off toward water which is alongside trail for at least a mile or so.
Nice trail for a short hike and is good for all ages. Nice walk along the water and you can walk to the water from the trail.