This Steel Bridge is located in both McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee and marks where the Toccoa River becomes the Ocoee River.
Southeast Polk County in Tennessee includes the towns of Copperhill, Ducktown & Turtletown.
Copperhill is located on the Georgia/Tennessee border with its sister city, McCaysville, Georgia.
Ducktown is the home of the Ducktown Basin Museum and the Ocoee Whitewater Center.
Turtletown is located to the N/NE of Ducktown.
The Ducktown Basin Museum is located on the historic mine site, which was the headquarters for Tennessee Copper Company and Cities Service mining operations from 1899 through 1975.
The site, now owned by the Tennessee Historical Commission, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983.
Click the button below to learn more about the Ducktown Basin Museum.
Nestled in a narrow, twisting, rocky river gorge, the Ocoee Whitewater Center sits in the Cherokee National Forest.
The 1996 Summer Games put the Ocoee Whitewater Center on the map when it hosted the world’s first Olympic canoe and kayak slalom events on a natural river.
Natural river boulders and artificial rocks were placed in a quarter-mile section of the Ocoee River to create a challenging and internationally acclaimed whitewater course.
Click on the button below to learn more about the Ocoee Whitewater Center and the U.S. Forest Service.
An easy hike will take you to the popular Turtletown Falls.
For a bonus waterfall, hike further downstream to see the lower falls before leaving.
From the intersection of Hwy 64 and 68 in Ducktown, travel 12 miles north on Hwy 68. Turn left on Old Farmer Road (County Road 2317) for one mile. Turn right on Appalachian Tunnel Rd. (FS 1166). Trailhead will be 1.25 miles at the end of the road.
Saturday, July 03, 2021
"Light Up Copper Basin" with Fireworks in the Twin Cities!
Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in the Twin Cities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee!
The date for the fireworks varies from year to year, but rest assured that watching fireworks launched high atop Tater Hill in McCaysville is a sight you don't want to miss!
You can make the short drive to McCaysville/Copperhill...OR hop aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway's 'Firecracker Express' in Downtown Blue Ridge and make the journey to McCaysville by train!
Learn more or purchase tickets at www.brscenic.com.
Photo Credit: Matthew Cole
2021 Miner's Homecoming Weekend festivities in Ducktown, Tennessee:
Friday, June 25, 2021:
7 p.m. - Gospel Music Night - W.R. Lee Stage behind Glenn Springs Holdings.
Saturday, June 26, 2021:
Free admission to Ducktown Basin Museum.
7-10 a.m. - Breakfast at Ducktown Masonic Lodge. $6 adults, $4 children.
10-5 p.m. - Free Tours of Kimsey Junior College/Ducktown Elementary, Ducktown. Donations appreciated.
10 a.m. Patriotic Walking Parade, Main Street, Ducktown.
10:15 a.m. Glenn Springs Holdings - Outdoor Open House.
11:00 a.m. - Copper Basin Shrine Club's Great American Duck Race - corner of Main and Spruce.
Noon - Miner's Homecoming Beauty Pageant - W.R. Lee Stage behind Glenn Springs Holdings. Cindy Davis: 423-241-2412.
2 p.m. - Copper Company's Workers Reunion - Burra Burra Hoist House
5 p.m. - Kids Alley
7-9:30 p.m. - Live Music - W.R. Lee Stage behind Glenn Springs Holdings.
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks will light up the sky over Ducktown.
For more information: Mayor Doug Collins (423) 241-2284.