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Southeast Polk County in Tennessee includes the towns of Copperhill and Ducktown. 


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.

Polk County Chamber

SE Tennessee Attractions

A Mining Town

Overlooking one of the mines in Ducktown, in SE Polk County in Tennessee, Ducktown Basin Museum.

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.

Ducktown Basin Museum

Whitewater Rafting

Ocoee Whitewater Center, Polk County, SE Tennessee, Whitewater Rafting, 1996 Olympics.

Nestled in a narrow, twisting, rocky river gorge, the Ocoee Whitewater Center sits in the Cherokee National Forest.


The 1996 Summer Games put the Ococee 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.

U.S. Forest Service