Polk County, Tennessee

Outdoor adventure awaits

Unidentified rafters make their way down the Ocoee river in a Wildwater raft on May 19, 2013. File art

In 1996, the Ocoee River became home to the whitewater portion of the summer Olympics. It was easy to see why the river, with its long runs and class III and IV rapids, has long since tempted visitors looking to experience the thrill of whitewater.

Today the river, which runs through Polk County, is one of the biggest draws to the southeast section of Tennessee. People from all over the world have come to ride the famous rapids. And, only an hour from Chattanooga, the area provides the perfect weekend getaway for the adventure-minded.

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Learn moreTo plan your visit, check out ocoeecountry.com