Are you a lover of the outdoors that is seeking an adventure of a lifetime? If you like the sound of rushing waters, whitewater rafting may be exactly what the doctor ordered! Speaking of rushing…this is an activity that will give you an adrenaline rush like you may have never experienced. For those of you that prefer a smooth and peaceful experience, stay tuned for my blog post next week about tubing on the Ocoee and Toccoa Rivers.
Canoes, kayaks and rafts can conquer the rapids from April to September. In fact, over 300,000 people enjoy the Ocoee River each and every year! Below is information for the thrill seekers that are ready to experience some outdoor exhilaration!
The Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Center
is the famous site for the 1996 Olympic water events. This river is often called the roller coaster of the Southeast. The center is located in Ducktown, Tennessee which is only 12 miles from Blue
Ridge. You will enjoy over 20 continuous Class three and four rapids as you drop 260 feet from the start of the river to the finish. The adventurous trip lasts approximately an hour and a half to two hours. There are two different sections of the river for you to choose from. One is the upper Ocoee and the other is the middle Ocoee. There is actually no experience necessary as you will be provided all necessary equipment and an experienced guide! Rafting the Ocoee is an adventure you will never forget! The great news about visiting here is if you have some people in your party that aren’t quite as adventurous, there are plenty of trails and things to enjoy at the center as well. As you can see from the picture, the center is nicely surrounded by beautiful water with trails all around the area.
The Rolling Thunder River Company
is another excellent choice when visiting beautiful Blue Ridge.
You can choose to raft down the Ocoee or the Nantahala River at this facility. They suggest the Nantahala as being ideal for first timers. This is a half day trip which can be guided, non-guided or you can follow your guide. You can be as young as 7 for this adventure so it is perfect if you have young children. The Ocoee rafting you must be at least 12 and it can offer half or full day trips. It is a little more adventuresome but not too extreme.
These are two popular whitewater rafting companies in the area. However, to read more details about some of the other choices, read our article
located under the local area guide on our website.
Are you ready for this exhilarating experience? If so, don’t come for only a day trip! Call us to book one of our beautiful cabins to enjoy a week or weekend in the amazing North Georgia Mountains! We have cute quaint cabins for couples as well as large ones to hold all of your whitewater rafting friends. We look forward to hearing from you and all about your whitewater adventure!