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I am up for a ride sunday morning. I am driving up from Mississippi either tonight or tomorrow morning and then heading back on sunday. I will have to ride somewhat early on sunday so I can get back before it is too late.
 

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If you get hot, you can always jump in the river. Not sure if the TVA has the damn open on Sunday or not, but even if they do you can always find a side pool to take a dip into along the Whitewater Center.

Also if you end up going yourself, as long as they are open, the Whitewater Center has very good trails maps (for free last I was there).

Have fun!
 

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I am planning on riding Fri, Sat, and Sun. Is there anywhere else I should check out while I am in town?
 

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There isn't much in Ducktown (just east). There is lots of lodging and food options in Cleveland (west), but it's about 30-35 minutes from the trails. There is a Phillips 66 gas station just before you get to Lake Ocoee (coming from the west/Cleveland) with a Subway. We usually go there for food and drinks if we need a change from what we bring. The Whitewater Center has a newer cafe. Food is good, alittle pricey, and the hours aren't ideal for the weekend warrior.

Camping can be done at Thunderock Campground ($12.00 per night). It's right on the river and they have full facilities including a bike wash station. It's right by the pumping station (can't remember the number) and at the base of the trails... easy access. You can park there too if you don't want to contribute your $3.00 per day to the NPS at the Whitewater Center.

I haven't explored Cleveland that much as we are either on the trail, in the water, or dead asleep.

Don't forget there is the Chilhowee Trail System right where 30 intersects 64, just a few miles after you see the lake. I've never ridden there though.
 

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I should also mention, that if you have time or are driving back through Chattanoga on I-24, you should stop and ride Raccoon Mountain just west of the city. Exit 175. It's worth the trip.
 

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I was thinking of checking out the Chilhowee Trail System but I wasn't sure.
 

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waterdogs said:
I haven't explored Cleveland that much as we are either on the trail, in the water, or dead asleep.
When I was 17 I drove to Cleveland to hook up with a girl I met on the internet. It seemed like so far away back then LOL.

Regarding Chillhowie, it is fun but be prepared for some serious climbing.
 

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Chilhowee

Chilhowee is more technical than Tanasi.....they are different but both are fun in different ways. I plan on hitting one or the other sunday eaaarllly!
 

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Drop me a line for Sunday if you want some company. I have a hard time climbing out of bed early and having someone to meet is good motivation.
 

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bridgestone14 said:
I was thinking of checking out the Chilhowee Trail System but I wasn't sure.
If you access Chilhowee from the Clemmer trail head at hwy 30, you'll have a 2 mile climb up 2000 feet to get to the slickrock loops. You can access the upper campground and trails by taking Oswald Dome Rd (FS77 I think). There's a ranger station at the base of this road with trail maps.

Another ride in the area is Brush Creek (7 m out/back). Trail head is just west of the bridge.
 

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Brush Creek will be on the map that you can pick up from the Whitewater Center. You can park where RJend mentioned or you can park at the Overlook (not the overlook directly off 64.... even though I think you can get there from that location as well). It's the overlook, from memory, which is the turn off for the Upper Ocoee Raft/Kayak put in.
 

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waterdogs said:
Brush Creek will be on the map that you can pick up from the Whitewater Center. You can park where RJend mentioned or you can park at the Overlook (not the overlook directly off 64.... even though I think you can get there from that location as well). It's the overlook, from memory, which is the turn off for the Upper Ocoee Raft/Kayak put in.
Boyd Gap
 

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Jackrabbit is about 45 to an hour more south/east.... right? Look up Hiawassee GA... it's literally right on the NC/GA state line.
 

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Yeah I think it is a little further but it is worth it. IMO Jackrabbit is the best trail named in this thread, and that includes Tsali.
 
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