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There are places to stop on the riverside; these places will appear along the riverbank. About the half way point there is the Reynolds Bridge (N35 08 54.57 W84 41 36.47 elev.699) an area to take out or continue on to the Hwy 411 Bridge (N35 08 54.57 W84 4136.47 elev. 681). There is a takeout parking lot on the left river bank before passing under the bridge. Passing under this bridge could be rough getting back to the takeout.
At this point there is a grave site for Nancy Ward. She sheltered Cherokee Indians on their Trail of Tears journey. This is a great time in history because the location is in the area of the white man and Indian encounters. Look for the story of the Great Cherokee Nation history lesions.
Continuing further will take you to the confluence of the Hiwassee River and the Ocoee Rivers (N35 1221.65 W84 3927.42 elev. 682). Turning right and paddling up stream to the Dentville Bridge (Old Patty) to find the takeout point.
Based on water flow, some maneuvering is involved. Being a responsible canoeist in knowing your ability is a thought you must address. The river always wins every time. It does not rain on canoe trips just as in the military.
Access to other rivers like the Hiwassee River, Nantahala River, Tellico River, French Broad River, Chattooga River in North Georgia/North Carolina border and others are nearby.
We a blessed here in Southeast Tennessee.
Ocoee Inn (www.ocoeeinn.com) is a great place to make contact with for all items of interest (food). At the Inn there is great country foods and a food bar to make you fat and lazy, then a cup of coffee and a slice of cheese pie will make the day.
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