U.S. 64 runs nearly 23 hundred miles across the country. But our stretch, here in the Tennessee Valley, might be one of the most beautiful.

The 33-mile road, also known as the Ocoee Scenic Byway, follows the original route miners took to deliver their loads from the copper mines in Ducktown to the railroads in Cleveland.

The flow of the Ocoee River is controlled by the Tennessee Valley Authority with three dams. Lake Ocoee is known mostly for boating, but it’s a great photo opportunity with unusual cypress trees.

The area is known as an international hotspot for whitewater adventure and home to the Ocoee Whitewater Center. The area is a jumping off point for not only water sport, but miles of hiking and biking trails throughout the Cherokee National Forest. U.S. 64 offers plenty of panoramic overlooks and is a perfect route for a scenic Sunday drive.