Goforth Creek

Goforth Creek in the Cherokee National Forest is a beautiful clear freshwater stream that bubbles out the side of the Southern Appalachian mountains and runs through several miles of pristine forest before emptying into the Ocoee River in Polk County, Tennessee. There is a small parking lot that leads to a very easy trail that goes for a mile or so along the stream. During spring and fall during heavy rains it becomes a class 5 rapid for kayakers.

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Latitude: 35.0831127 Longitude: -84.5215988 Elevation: 934 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Goforth Creek is a stocked trout stream and also has a hiking trail along much of it length. It's also a wonderful place for photography or just enjoying nature as it was meant to be. During heavy rains in spring and fall it's an excellent class 5 rapid for kayaking.

Seasons Accessible

Open during all 4 seasons.

Fees

No fee required.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed if on a leash.

How to Get There

Travel west along Hwy 64 from Ducktown Tennessee along the historic Ocoee River Gorge and just past the Ocoee White Water Center you will see green forest service signs that say "Goforth Creek".

Comments

This is one of the most beautiful creeks in the Cherokee National Forest. It is an easy hike up the creek to see the large rocks, waterfalls, and pools. The trail runs up the bed of an old narrow gage logging railroad. In the spring, when the water is high, you can run it in a kayak by accessing the upstream reaches from the Kimsey Mountain Highway. Sadly, this creek - and others that provide fresh water and living fish to the recovering Ocoee River - is endangered by a poorly conceived highway project known as Corridor K. The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s own figures show it will save at most two minutes over the existing route, and the environmental damage will be vast.

nick waschinko, 11/3/2011

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