Ocoee Travel Guide

  • OAR Outdoor Adventure Rafting
    OAR Outdoor Adventure Rafting
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  • Ocoee Diner
    Ocoee Diner
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  • Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner
    Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner
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Ocoee Things to Do

  • OAR Outdoor Adventure Rafting on the...

    We had a GREAT time white water rafting on the Ocoee with OAR! I had a Groupon for this trip, which made it an even better deal; however even at the regular prices it would be great fun! Our guide was Duck, who has rafted the Ocoee for 16 years - he guided us so we hit each rapid at the perfect angle. The scenery was beautiful and the water was...

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  • Ride the Rapids on the Ocoee River

    There are several companies which guide you down the Ocoee River. We went on April 24 - the second weekend the Middle Ocoee had been open for the season (the Upper Ocoee opens Memorial Day weekend). We chose Ocoee Rafting as our company - our guide was Tully, who made the trip a lot of fun. He was very good at building the excitement as we...

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  • Rolling Thunder

    Use this outpost as your guide. Turn L at the 3-way stop in Mccaysville, ga and go about a mile. Its on the left.

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  • Scenic Railway

    Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. It's located about 15 minutes from the Ocoee River and it travels right by all the water.

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  • See the City

    The city is on the national register of historical places. It was once a copper mining city, which ruined all the trees for a while. It wasn't until recently that they have began to grow again. Until about 10 years ago the town resembled Mars.

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  • Rafting

    Pick one of the many outposts and go on a rafting trip. You will have the time of your life. Very fun!!

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Ocoee Restaurants

  • Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner

    Granted, the choices are few in this area, but we were happily surprised to find this place. We were famished from our white water rafting excursion, and had passed a place just across the street from here. Upon arrival, however, it was evident the Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner was the place to be - the parking lot was packed!We were seated immediately -...

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  • Fuel up After Rafting!

    Directly across the highway from Ocoee Rafting, this is the perfect place to fuel up after your rafting trip. The service was very friendly and fast, the food was tasty and plentiful, and the prices were very inexpensive - my favorite trifecta! I had the pulled pork dinner with a baked potato and spiced apples - I had the leftovers for dinner that...

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  • Duff's Tavern

    The prices will accomodate any cheap/broke paddler - raft guide budget. The atmosphere is great. They have live music during the summer pretty regularly. The hamburgers. They're big & you can get them more ways than you can imagine. The perfect post paddling dinner. Then there's the beer - major selection.

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Ocoee Local Customs

  • by mzmyopia Written May 8, 2003

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    *I* give a $1/person tip to the guide(s) of my groups. Normally 6 folks to a raft; sometimes a skinny whiny girl cleaves unto her boyfriend & that raft has 7.
    *I* say, if the guide gives you excitement, if he/she talks up the next big rapid to heighten the tension, if he/she provides some heart-racing extras, reward him/her.

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Ocoee Warnings and Dangers

  • by Mtnsport Written Oct 4, 2002

    If your a private boater, beware the USFS Rangers & Polk County Police. Three tips: 1) Use the changing rooms - nudity is & will be punished 2) Save that post paddling beer till you get back to the campground (so long as that's not a USFS campground because alcohol is illegal there too) 3) Don't even think about a safety meeting at the put-in or take-out. These guys are hardcore, unfortunately they see cars w/ boats on top as targets.

    Be careful driving along the road next to the river, it's twisty turny with big trucks and gawking, sight seeing, swervy tourists. Last summer the river was 'closed' for two days because a big truck hauling a few thousand pounds of frozen chicken flew off the road into the river.

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Ocoee What to Pack

  • by mzmyopia Updated May 8, 2003

    Luggage and bags: big garbage bag for wet clothes, towels & shoes
    ziploc for money clip & keys

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: DRY socks, clothes & shoes
    shoes that tie onto foot
    in winter WOOL socks

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen
    many people shower off river water
    lotion for hands

    Photo Equipment: water-proof camera that will tie onto body

    Miscellaneous: headband /tie-on 4 sunglasses /Rx glasses
    snack crackers --b4 you launch, some guy in group will get munchies

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    • Rafting

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  • Whitewater Inn Ocoee TN

    If you are going to be in the Ocoee area whether it is for rafting, hiking motorcycle riding or one of the other many area reacreation activities staying at the Whitewater Inn will put you closest to all the action. Visit the hotel website at: ocoeewhitewaterinn.com

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  • Raft or kayak of course! ...

    Raft or kayak of course! Depending on when you go, there are two sections of the river open to whitewater paddling. The class 3-4 Olympic section and the 'Middle' section which is class 3+. My earliest memory is attending the Olympics in 1996. At the time, I had tried kayaking once or twice but it hadn't yet taken hold of me like now. We wanted to...

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