|Trail Head from the Ocoee Whitewater Center|
|Creek that is crossed right after starting tail|
|Bridge at the One Mile Marker|
|Trail going through the woods|
After a mile we came to the first bridge. It was pretty neat for me to see this style of bridge on the trail. There is also the little hiking man mile marker just before the bridge with the Purple i trail marker. To the left of the bridge, if the Whitewater Center is behind you, a stream comes running down the mountain. It creates a nice series of little cascades as it flows under the bridge. The trail here begins to veer away from the river for about a half mile. Walking through the forest, you can still hear the river running over the rocks but the sound of cars on Highway 64 also become more pronounced as the make a pull up the ridge. Also along the way there are a couple of side trails leading off to benches and interpretative markers telling some of the history of the area and the old road.
|Trail Head from Ocoee Dam #3|
History Note: The Old Copper Road used to be THE road to get copper from Copperhill, TN to the railroad at Cleveland, TN. Once the L&N made the Hook and Eye Route operational between Etowah, TN and Blue Ridge, GA the road received less copper transport, but still was the main thoroughfare. With the advent of the Highway system, much of the Old Copper Road became buried under Highway 64, except for this little 2.3 mile section. Some times on these hikes it fun to imagine wagons loaded with goods pulled by teams of horses going down by a river that was wild and free; long before TVA and it's predecessors the Eastern Tennessee Power Company built dams to harness the river for its power. One of the many reasons I hike, to experience a part of history that has gone away and can only be found in one's imagination or old books. If this sounds like something that interests you dear reader, then maybe this is a trail for you.