Favorite Bike Trails List Near the Ocoee River

by | Blue Ridge Mountains, Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee, Ocoee River, Whitewater Rafting

Love to bike or mountain bike? Carolina Ocoee has listed some of our favorite trails near the Ocoee River for you to try out. If you love being out in the woods with the wind whooshing past your body, then this list is for you. Some trails are multi-purpose meaning that people also hike or horseback ride on them so be aware of what trail you choose. Bicycling is great exercise and is a fun activity to boot. You get to be outside in the sunshine and fresh mountain air. Once you’ve taken a bike ride, come back and book a white water rafting trip with Carolina Ocoee. Or book one before you head out for a fun day of outdoor activities and have your day planned out.

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Chilhowee Trail System

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30 minutes from the Ocoee River. The Chilhowee trail system is about 25 miles of biking and hiking trails. The elevation changes from 600 to 2,000 feet making it a challenge for both hikers and bikers. The trail offers scenic beauty and a chance to see wildlife in the area. You’ll also get to see some interesting rock formations and pretty waterfalls on your bicycle ride through the forest. 

Thunder Rock Express (Part of the Tanasi Trail Network)

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Thunder Rock Express lies in the Cherokee National Forest, and is a fast bike ride down the mountain. Most people ride this trail for the descent. This is a fun but a moderate to challenging single track trail. The trail is located where the Ocoee Whitewater Center stood, before it burned down, on the left side of the road.

Benton MacKaye Trail


Though mostly hiking trails, Benton MacKaye trails are open to bicycles. Biking along the ridge to approach the summit of Buck Bald, is the easiest route. Some areas have switchbacks and rock walls with sheer cliffs, so ride with caution especially downhill. If you love a thrill this one is a good bet. There are many different trails to choose from that you’re sure to find one you’ll love.

Brush Creek Mountain Bike Trail


With beautiful views of the Ocoee River and lakes in the Cherokee National Forest, this is a fun out and back bike trail that is a fairly easy ride. Even kids will be able to ride this trail. Bridges can get slippery, so watch for those on this singletrack, hard packed dirt trail with loose gravel in some places. It’s a great hiking trail, too, so watch for people on foot as you ride.

Old Copper Trail Road

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The Ocoee River runs beside this biking trail and it is an easy to moderate bike ride. It’s the least traveled of the trails in the area, so you may not encounter many people. If it’s solitude you crave, this might be the trail for you. Since the trail parallels the Ocoee River, you could see people having fun white water rafting.

Book your trip with Carolina Ocoee to see what all the fun is about!


If you don’t find a bike trail you like here, check out the list of Hiking trails in the Ocoee & Hiwassee area: Ocoee & Hiwassee District Trails. Whatever you choose, we at Carolina Ocoee want you to be safe and live in the moment! 

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