Ocoee Scenic Byway

30 Miles of Bliss

The Scenic Byway is easily reached from the Copper Basin area or West Polk County. In fact, U.S.Hwy 64 is the main link between the two sides of the county.

Contact

Ocoee Scenic Byway
3171 Hwy. 64
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-3300

More Information

The first-ever U.S. Forest Service scenic byway was designated in the Cherokee National Forest in Polk County. It includes a portion of U.S. Hwy. 64 and Forest Service Road 77. About half of the U.S. Hwy 64 section passes through the Ocoee River Gorge. Forest Service Road 77 turns off U.S. Hwy 64 and winds it way up Chilhowee Mountain following the crest of the mountain.

Within this drive are rock bluffs, mountain peaks, Forest Service management activities, Lake Ocoee and the whitewater Ocoee River, all of which offer visitors magnificent views of natural beauty. The scenic byway offers ready access to whitewater rafting, boating, swimming and historic sites related to the Civil War and Cherokee Indian culture.

The Scenic Byway is easily reached from the Copper Basin area or West Polk County. In fact, U.S.Hwy 64 is the main link between the two sides of the county.

As you approach the Cherokee National Forest on Hwy. 64 heading east from Cleveland, Tn., the view includes Big Frog and Chilhowee mountains and the Big Frog Wilderness area. Entering the forest, you see an overlook with a magnificent view of the TVA dam that creates Lake Ocoee, also called Parksville Lake. In the background is Sugarloaf Mountain’s sharp peak, a prominent landmark readily visible for many miles from nearly every direction. Sugarloaf Mountain Park, located just below the dam, offers a place to stop for a picnic, dip your feet into the river, and learn from interpretive signs. The park also has a model of the Olympic whitewater race course.

What People Are Saying

This was a very beautiful drive. It had a lot of overlooks and the trees were very beautiful. We also rode over to Joyce Kilmer Forest. This was a very nice hike and was amazing to see all the older trees. I would advise to take a bathroom break before the trip across the mountain.

Road trip

Linda, NC.

Incredible drive through the Cherokee National Forest. Lots of hiking, waterfalls and mountain streams. Areas of the skyway are rather curvy, so beware. Some like to speed through this area either in road rally’s or on motorcycle. Have seen several severe accidents.
A MUST visit for all the beauty!

Unbelievable beauty

dbauman, TN

We were surprised at how beautiful this route is. Sadly, our trip was cut short from annual undergrowth burning. We will definitely come back this way.

Gorgeous views

Mike, AL.

Nice smooth road that’s a lot of fun with beautiful sights. There’s plenty of pull offs for photos and small hikes and it makes a really nice scenic drive.

Awesome road and view

Illinois

We were in town to view the fall foliage. We hit it just right. This drive is magnificent. Several viewing sights along the way. Take advantage of all if possible.

Beautiful

Bruce, MS.

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Places to stay near here

FIND COMFORT NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

The Tennessee Overhill region covers several areas that are full of wonderful places to stay. No matter where you end up, you can rest easy knowing days full of fun and adventure await!

Ocoee Mist Farm B&B

If you’d like to book a room or find out more information, please click here.

Chilhowee Campground

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2 Rivers Campground

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Welcome Valley Village

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High Country Adventures

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Ocoee Retreat Center

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Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina

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Quest Expedition Cabins

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