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!

 

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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!
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Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.

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