Long before the 1850s copper mining boom, majestic McCaysville was home to the Cherokee. Within the terrain flows a primary river known by two Cherokee names: Toccoa in Georgia (meaning “beautiful”) and Ocoee in Tennessee (meaning “apricot vines”).

Although mining created a burst of wealth, it came with an environmental cost that peaked in the 1980s, followed by historic restoration efforts. Today, McCaysville's natural beauty is a source of great pride, as locals welcome visitors and vacationers to enjoy our restaurants, retail, and rivers of fun!

About Riverwalk Shops

Nestled along the borderline of Georgia and Tennessee, this historic city block of McCaysville has long been the commercial district of the Copper Basin region. The downtown area once featured two car dealerships and a movie theater, but now delights families with friendly riverfront restaurants, indoor boutique shopping, and musical entertainment!

Known as Riverwalk Shops, we invite you to stroll across the steel-truss bridge where you can shop, dine, & unwind!

Historical Photos of McCaysville