Area Status: Open
Thunder Rock Campground is located 1.8 miles northwest of the Ocoee Whitewater Center, just behind TVA Ocoee Powerhouse Number 3. Nestled alongside the Ocoee River, this facility provides 37 regular campsites and one group campsite. Thunder Rock is a popular destination for both whitewater and trail enthusiasts.
The Cherokee National Forest is located in eastern Tennessee and stretches from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 650,000-acre swath of land is Tennessee's only national forest. It lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachians and is home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals, as well as many rivers, creeks and lakes.
Trailhead parking is available for the nearby Tanasi trail system, which includes approximately 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. This system can be reached via Thunder Rock Express, Dry Pond Lead, or the Rhododendron Trail. Thunder Rock also provides access to the Benton-McKaye Trail.
Picnic tables, grills, and lantern posts are located at each campsite. Water hydrants are located throughout the campground. Bathhouses provide flush toilets and warm showers. The campground host is located at the campground entrance next to the main bathhouse.
The nearby Ocoee River put-in and Ocoee Whitewater Center, home of the 1996 Olympic Canoe/Kayak-Slalom Competition, makes this an ideal location for rafters and kayakers alike.
Thunder Rock Campground Map
At a Glance
||Reservations can be made at Recreation.gov
||See Recreation.gov for details on fees.
||April - End of October
||Memorial Day to October 1
||Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers
||RVs are not allowed at this facility. Because of maneuverability restrictions, trailers and pop-ups greater than 20 feet in length are NOT allowed at this facility.
Campfires are permitted in grills only
Do not leave fires unattended, they will be extinguished
Pets must be on a leash
Discharging firearms and fireworks is prohibited
No swimming allowed
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
From the Ocoee Ranger Station, turn left onto Highway 64 eastbound and travel 10.9 miles to the TVA Ocoee Powerhouse Number 3. Turn right and cross the bridge to reach the campground on the right.