Conasauga Scenic River

The Conasauga River originates in the Cohutta Mountains in Northwest Georgia and flows 93 miles before reaching the confluence of the Oostanaula River. The river flows through two ecologically different regions and is home to more than 90 fish species and 25 mussel species including three federally-listed fishes, six federally-listed mussels, a mussel proposed for Federal listing, and 16 other State-listed aquatic species. In the clear waters of Southeast Tennessee, the USDA Forest Service offers guided snorkeling programs through the Ocoee Whitewater Center for groups of 12 to 24 people. Experienced paddlers wanting to paddle the scenic river section may do so from Jacks River to the US-411 Bridge. It is a difficult yet popular 10.1 mile paddling trip featuring Class II and III rapids. (Put in coordinates 34.98833, -84.64278; Take out coordinates 35.00888, -84.73389). Another outdoor adventure includes a 6.4 mile loop trail located near Old Fort, Tennessee that is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible year-round. The trail is rated as moderate. 

Polk County

Class I Natural River Area the entire segment of the Conasauga River in Polk county, upstream from the Hwy 411 bridge. Designated 1969.

It is one of two scenic rivers located in the Cherokee National Forest in southeast Tennessee.


Conasauga River Trail
Latitude 34.991189, Longitude -84.661046

Ocoee Whitewater Center
4400 U.S. 64, Copperhill, TN 37317 
(423) 496-0100


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