Our World: Ocoee River

The Ocoee River in Tennessee, August 17, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

In August Betsy and I had to go to Young Harris, Georgia, so Betsy could attend a bridal shower for her future daughter-in-law.  Since there are several waterfalls in the area that we haven’t visited, we decided to go down a day early and do some hiking.

We decided to take the ‘scenic route’, and drove along the Ocoee River here in Tennessee for several miles.  The Ocoeee River was the site of the whitewater slalom events during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.  A mile-long Olympic whitewater course was built by the Forest Service fed by releases of water from Ocoee Dam #3.

White water on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. August 17, 2012.

Downstream from the Olympic course is a 4.5-mile whitewater rafting area fed by water released from Ocoee Dam #2.  This section of the river has been open to the public since the 1970s, mainly for daytime releases of water on weekends and holidays.  We stopped along this public section of the river to get some pictures.

Rafts on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. August 17, 2012.

There were many rafts and kayaks along this stretch of the river.  While the rapids were not the highest we’ve seen, people seemed to be having a lot of fun floating down the river.

Kayaks on the Ocoee. August 17, 2012.

All of the rafts we saw made it through the rapids near us without incident.

Oops! A kayak going over in white water on the Ocoee River. August 17, 2012.

Not all of the kayaks were so lucky.

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21 Responses to “Our World: Ocoee River”

  1. Larry Says:

    Along the Ocoee is one of my favorite drives

  2. MadSnapper Says:

    all those crazy people out there in those rapids scare me silly. makes great photos but not me.. hubby would love to try it

  3. bertN Says:

    I haven’t tried river kayaking. It looks like fun but I think I’ll just enjoy it from the safety of the river bank.

  4. retiredandlovingit Says:

    Another beautiful spot. You and Betsy seem to have a knack for finding places like this. And your talent for water photos really shines in these images.

  5. Łucja-Maria Says:

    Hello Gregore
    Very interesting post about an unusual, dangerous river …
    I would like to experience this adventure.
    Gregore, fantastic photos.

  6. Happyone Says:

    I like taking the scenic route as well.
    Great photos. I think I prefer walking along the river to being in it. : )

  7. Linda G. Says:

    Great looking rapids and white water. I am glad that you were able to capture photographs of the kayaks and rafts in the water.

  8. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    The river is very scenic.

  9. nealpt Says:

    Very nice George. Your pictures make me want to be there.

  10. A Rose Journal Says:

    Nice images of the river, you wouldn’t catch me doing that though.

  11. Colin (HB) Says:

    Ah memories of my one and only attempt at white water kayaking in that river outside Atlanta, Ga.
    Heaps of fun, but the last photo is what happened to me and worse still the “cherished” supplies. I was not the flavour of the month – ha ha.
    Thankfully my friends from Atlanta and other parts of Georgia got over the disappearing refreshments and besides myself and a very annoyed partner in the kayak who was not too happy about his unexpected swim, the day was a real “hoot” as you, Americans, say.
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)

  12. Ms. A Says:

    Uh oh… somebody definitely got a mouthful on that last one! Bet that water is cold enough to give you a good jolt.

  13. ladyfi Says:

    I remember white water rafting – once was enough! It was fun but kind of scary.

    Lovely shots of the river.

  14. ZielonaMila Says:

    Wonderful river, expeditions into such places it is a marvellous adventure. I am greeting

  15. Hilda Says:

    The river is beautiful but I don’t have the guts to go whitewater anything.

  16. dayphoto Says:

    Beautiful…but I’m not really very fond of fast moving water to want ot swim or ride on it.


  17. Carletta Says:

    Looks like some of our rapids in WV George.
    Looks like the perfect place for exploring the river.
    Beautiful shots!

  18. Leovi Says:

    Very funny and cute pictures. Exciting down those rapids.

  19. Rose Says:

    Now that really looks like our type of place to visit….

  20. Fishing Guy Says:

    What a great place to visit George.

  21. Sartenada Says:

    Great indeed. I wish that I would have been there with the rafting.

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