Thunder Rock Campground, Benton TN
Bear Paw Loop Trail, Old Copper Road Trail and Rhododentron Trail
3171 Hwy 64
Benton TN 37307
(will honor America the Beautiful Pass).
CHECK IN/OUT: Check out at 12 pm.
ACCESS: No gate
MAPS: At kiosk
3 are tent only
20 ft limit
PULL THRUS: No
PICNIC SHELTERS: No
SITE SURFACE: Gravel
HOOK-UPS: Water available throughout the campground
DUMP STATION: No
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: No
FEATURES: Trails, river
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
NAME: Bear Loop Trail
LENGTH: 1.9 miles
NAME: Old Copper Trail
LENGTH: 5.6 miles
TYPE: In and Out
NAME: Rhododentron Trail
TYPE: In and Out
SURFACE: Packed dirt
ACCESS: 8 am til sundown
Ocoee Whitewater Center
Thunder Rock Campground is in the Cherokee National Forest in Eastern TN and runs along the Ocoee River. It is a very popular destination for both whitewater and trail enthusiasts. There is trailhead parking available for the nearby Tanasi trail system, which includes approximately 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
The campground sits behind the TVA Ocoee Powerhouse Number 3 just 1.8 miles northwest of the Ocoee Whitewater Center. There is a campground host at the entrance next to the main bathhouse. We camped here in June on our Southern Highroads Trail trip and loved being by the water. There are no hook-ups in the campground but no worries with our van.
We didn't have a chance to hike all of the trails but did walk the Rhodedendrum Trail by the river. We also visited the center of the 1996 Olympic Canoe/Kayak-Slalom Competition.
The 1.9 mile Bear Paw Loop Trail is part of the Tanasi Trail system and begins at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. The loop overlooks the most famous rapids of the Ocoee River.
The Old Copper Road Trail is 5.6 miles in and out located near the city of Copperhill. This trail was formerly used to transport copper by wagon from Ducktown to Cleveland Tennessee before the arrival of the railroad from Blue Ridge.
The Rhododentron Trail is a short trail that follows the river down stream with sections built on wood walkways above the Ocoee River.
DIRECTIONS TO THUNDER ROCK CAMPGROUND:
Located on Highway 64 about 7 miles west of Ducktown, Tennessee.
Day use parking is available in the lower lot at the Ocoee Whitewater Center
From the Ocoee Ranger Station, turn left onto Highway 64 eastbound and travel 10.9 miles to the TVA Ocoee Powerhouse Number 3.
Turn right and cross the bridge to reach the campground on the right.
GPS: 35.07611, -84.48556