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There are few places in the United States where you can play Olympian for a day, but the Ocoee River is one of them. The river hosted the whitewater events for the 1996 Olympic Games, and from March through September, rafting companies guide guests on both the Middle and Upper sections of the river.

Besides enjoying America's most popular whitewater river, you can spend an extra day or a long weekend enjoying all the other activities that Polk County and the surrounding area have to offer. Check out TimeToRaft.com to find out what you've been missing right in your backyard!

Hiking

The Cherokee National Forest has more than 600 miles of trails, including 150 miles of the Appalachian Trail. There are trails for beginners and advanced hikers.

Don't miss the popular Benton Falls Trail, which is part of the Chilhowee Trail Complex in Cherokee National Forest.

Boating

Spend the day on Parksville Lake (also known as Lake Ocoee) with its 1,930 acres of majestic expanse. Bring your own boat or rent a pontoon or fishing boat, canoe or kayak from Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina.

Lodging

There is a great selection of nearby hotels, rustic cabins, campgrounds, RV sites and other lodging options with lakeside or river views.

Dining

Whether you are in the mood for homemade dishes, fine dining or a great pizza, you'll have dozens of dining options that should satisfy anybody's appetite and taste buds.

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