The Best Fall Whitewater: Ocoee River, Tennessee

Best for slalom kayakers

Ocoee River, Tennessee.    Photo: Kenn Stilger/ Shutterstock

The Ocoee was the first natural river used in an Olympic slalom event, and course designers dredged the river and made the channel narrower to engineer the perfect flow for the competition. The 1996 Olympic course, which is on the upper section, is still in place and runnable, but you can also run the middle stretch, or combine the two for 11 miles of Class III-IV rapids. The Ocoee is also famous as the birthplace of freestyle kayaking; one of the first-ever whitewater rodeos took place on the Middle Ocoee in 1983. The river is dam released Thursday through Monday.

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