Ocoee Whitewater Center


In 1996 the world's eyes were on the Ocoee Whitewater Center (OWC) as it hosted the world’s first Olympic whitewater event on a natural river.

Today the Ocoee Whitewater Center offers something for everyone.


The OWC marries the best of the natural and artificial worlds.  A sleepy river set in a lush, rocky river gorge, this section of the Ocoee was carefully modified into a channel to enhance its rapids.  During the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Ocoee Whitewater Center opened its doors as a premier whitewater venue for athletes from all over the world. 

Now you can enjoy a wide variety of activities at the Center such as: hike or bike historic or forest trails, play in the water, picnic along the river, stroll through the native gardens and walkways.

See the Calendar of Events page to see what's happening at the OWC.

To find water release schedules and local outfitter and guides, go to the Ocoee River page. 

Ocoee Whitewater Center Guide

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The OWC building is open April through October.  Closed November through March. The rest of the site is open during daylight hours year-round.
Fees User fee is $3.00 (lower lot). OWC Visitor Center parking, limited to 30 minutes, is free in the upper lot.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Ducktown, Tennessee
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information


From Knoxville - Distance to OWC = 116 miles

I-75 South to Exit 25 and go right for 5 miles (through city) and exit onto Hwy. 64 East. Travel 26 miles and OWC will be on the right.

From Chattanooga - Distance to OWC = 52 miles

I-75 North to Exit 20 (1st Cleveland exit) and go right for about 6 miles and exit right onto Hwy 64 East. Travel 26 miles and OWC will be on the right.

From Atlanta - Distance to OWC = 167 miles

I-75 North - Exit onto Hwy 411 North. Exit onto Hwy 64 East. Travel 18.5 miles and OWC will be on the right.

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