Tanasi Trail System

Bike riders (road and knobby) and hikers flock to Polk County to take advantage of the beautiful trails and pristine back country roads. Several trails with varying difficulty levels.

Brush Creek Trail, Bear Paw Loop, the historic Copper Road Trail and the new Rhododendron Trail are all beautiful hiking and biking routes well maintained and groomed by the staff at the Cherokee National Forest.

Boasting more than 20 miles of trails, this trail system has it all. From a hike with history along the 2.4 mile restored segment of the Old Copper Road Trail, or an easy 1 mile stroll around the Olympic course at the Whitewater Center to a screaming 1.5 mile mountain bike ride on the Thunder Rock Express, mountain bikers and hikers alike will be challenged and rewarded when they reach the top of Bear Paw Loop, and travel Chestnut Mountain Trail to sites that overlook the Whitewater Center and the Ocoee River.

The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has designated the Tanasi as one of the IMBA “Epic Rides,” a distinction given to a select few trail systems across the globe. The “Epic Ride” is the golden seal of approval from the unofficial ruling body of all things fat tire. A few new Epics are designated each year, but so far there are only 32 in the United States, and only six in the Southeast.


Latitude: 35.0358788 Longitude: -84.4340976 Elevation: 1436 ft
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Route Length

More than 20 miles of various trails

Route Difficulty

Easy with Some Moderately Strenous Sections

How to Get There

Located on Highway 64 about six miles west of Ducktown, Tennessee. Day use parking is available in the lower lot at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. There is a $3 fee per vehicle per day for parking.

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