6 Exhilarating Places You Should Try White Water Rafting Georgia

You can’t mark ‘White Water Rafting Georgia” off your bucket list until you’ve man-handled the Ocoee, Chattooha and Chattahoochee rivers. We’ve gathered the outfitters in Georgia that can help you on each of these rivers. From family-friendly beginner trips to advanced adventures – even overnighters! Grab a paddle – let’s do this!

 

white water rafting georgia

White Water Rafting Georgia on the Ocoee/Toccoa

Rolling Thunder River Company

  • In McCaysville, Ga, it is the closest whitewater rafting venue to Atlanta, open since 1977
  • Trips on the Ocoee/Toccoa are moderate and guided. Kids must be 12+ (Tennessee law.)
  • Expect a 3.5 hour trip, with 2 hours on the water in class 3 and 4 rapids. If you want to raft the full river, expect a 6-hour day with about 3.5 hours on the river.
  • Trips on the Toccoa are easy. Kids must be 5+. Adventures include canoeing, kayaking, tubing.
  • Trips on the Nantahala are family-friendly for kids 7+. The trip is 8 miles – about 2 hours on the water with about 20 rapids, most of which are class 2. Go with or without guides.
  • Begin in the Cherokee National Forest via short bus ride
  • Half-day and full-day trips available
  • Beginner, moderate and advanced trips available
  • Book your trip the first part of April through September

 

Ocoee Rafting

  • In Ducktown, Tn (12 miles/20 min from Blue Ridge)
  • The oldest rafting company on the Ocoee
  • Book your trip on select days April thru October
  • Trips on the Ocoee/Toccoa are moderate and guided. Kids must be 12+ (Tennessee law.)
  • Expect a 3.5 hour trip, with 2 hours on the water in class 3 and 4 rapids. If you want to raft the full river, expect a 6-hour day with about 3.5 hours on the river.
  • A little pricier than Rolling Thunder, but tons and tons of accolades

 

White Water Rafting Georgia on Chattooga

Wildwater

  • There are five Wildwater locations – 1 in Upstate South Carolina, which they call their North Ga location because it is just over the border from Clayton/Mountain City
  • Other locations include Asheville, Western NC (near Bryson City,) SE Tennessee and in the Gatlinburg, TN area.
  • They also have great canopy tours and ropes courses at most locations
  • Trips are on the Chattooga and include the following:
    • Half-day trips are guided on easy-to-moderate rapids and offered M-F from mid March to mid October. Kids must be 8+. Full trip is about 4 hours. Snacks included.
    • Full-day Section III trips are guided on class 2 and 3 rapids including the 14ft drop on Bull Sluice. Kids must be 8+. Full trip is about 7 hours and runs beginning of March to beginning of November. Lunch included.
    • Section IV trips is an addition to the Section III trip and requires kids be 12+. It is the ultimate adventure with a skilled guide always available. It’s about 7 hours and runs beginning of March to beginning of November. Lunch included.
  • For the ultimate adventure, try the Chattooga Overnighter. At the end of Section III your camping gear awaits while you swim, hike or fish and enjoy a full steak dinner at the camp.
  • Gorgeous cabins and yurts are available for those who want to make this a weekend adventure.

 

Southeastern Expeditions

  • The oldest rafting company in the Southeast, having been around since 1972, purchased the equipment from Warner Brothers after they filmed Deliverance!
  • Section III trips are guided on class 2 and 3 rapids including the 14ft drop on Bull Sluice. Kids must be 8+, but if the waters are rough they may require kiddos be 10+.
  • Trips must be paid in full 1 week prior to rafting.
  • Section IV trips are on the most intense rapids east outside of the Mississippi or Colorado rivers. 7 hours long; must be 12+ years old.
  • Southeastern Expeditions also offers an overnighter once a month. All you need is a sleeping bag and camping pad.
  • Trips run Spring through first part of November. Discounts available at end of season on weekdays.

 

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

  • Not to be outdone by Southeastern Expeditions, NOC’s company founder Payson Kennedy was a stunt double in Deliverance.
  • Section III trips require kiddos to be 8+ for the intermediate ride, and last about 5-6 hours. Trips include lunch and a swimming break.
  • Section IV trips are advanced, for kids 13+. They also last 5-6 hours but include five Class 4-5 rapids. Lunch is at the base of Long Creek Falls.
  • From my experience, NOC is one of the best outfitters out there.

 

White Water Rafting Georgia on the Chattahoochee

Whitewater Express

  • Located in Columbus, Ga
  • You’ll experience the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world
  • The dam release offers class 2 – class 5 white water adventures
  • The Classic trip runs in the mornings on class 2 and 3 rapids. Kids must be ages 7+ or weigh 60lbs to participate.
  • The Challenge trip runs in the afternoon when cranks up to 5-15x more flow than morning, with class 3-5 white water. Kids must be 12+
  • There is also a Carnage trip for 4 people + a guide (kids must be 12+.) It’s the same route as the Challenge trip, but in a mini raft with more white water thrills.
  • Other adventures here include ziplining, kayaking, paddleboarding, biking, fishing and more.
  • Hubby and I took on the Chattahoochee – here’s the info and video!
white-water-rafting-georgia-pin

Be the first to comment on "6 Exhilarating Places You Should Try White Water Rafting Georgia"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*