More than a dozen hiking and mountain-biking paths twist over forested mountains beside the Ocoee River in this trail system off US 64, in the southern reaches of Cherokee National Forest. Trails range from easy to difficult, and many can be accessed from the Ocoee Whitewater Center, where you can pick up a free trail map.

The 1.7-mile Bear Paw Loop climbs into the woods across from the white-water center, while the adjacent Old Copper Road Trail, a pretty, 4.6-mile out-and-back route, follows a copper-hauling road built by Cherokee laborers in the 1850s.