Ocoee White Water – Tennessee’s Best Rafting!
Welcome to white water rafting fun on the famous Ocoee River in Tennessee! The Ocoee River is an amazing gem hidden inside the southern Appalachian Mountains and home to some of the best whitewater on this side of the Mason-Dixon line. Stoked with Class III and IV rapids over two different stretches of waterways, the Ocoee River year after year is one of the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in America. The Ocoee is a dam-controlled river – guaranteeing great water levels all season long with crashing waves, exciting rapids, and amazing scenery. So, round up your friends and family and come join us for a memorable trip on the Ocoee River. You don’t want to get left behind.
Classic Middle Ocoee Rafting
Middle Ocoee Rafting Details
America’s Most Popular Whitewater!
This adventure is located on the world class Ocoee River in the beautiful Cherokee National Forest in southeast Tennessee. During our trek of five and a half miles, we will be dropping over 270 feet and challenging HUGE waves and TIGHT turns which are typically met with monstrous smiles and roaring laughter all while taming America’s Most Popular Whitewater River. After almost two hours of a soaked adrenaline experience, we float into the take-out for our ride back to Adventures Unlimited. Your dry clothes await you as well as the photos from your Ocoee whitewater adventure. No experience is necessary for whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River and it’s perfect for groups of all sizes, but the minimum age is 12 years old.
Full Ocoee River Rafting
Full Ocoee Rafting Details
America’s Olympic River – Go Big or Go Home!
The world came here during the 1996 Olympics to see what it’s all about – The Ocoee River and its 10 miles of world-class whitewater! Our Full River Adventure starts five miles upstream of the Classic Middle Ocoee Adventure just below the remote TVA Ocoee Dam #3. The Mighty Ocoee meanders through the beautiful Cherokee National Forest tricking you into a brief feeling of calm as you soak in the amazing scenery. But then reality kicks in and so does the whitewater insanity as Mikey’s Ledge kicks things off (quite literally). Let’s Make a Deal is next so brace in as the ride is about to get exciting. The Olympic course is an unbelievable stretch of Class IV whitewater featuring rapids like Callahan’s Ledge and Humongous. This section will spit us out only to find a few more rapids as we float to our lunch spot. Our riverside picnic gives us the opportunity to relax and refuel before we take on the Classic Middle Ocoee Adventure, “America’s Most Popular Whitewater!”
Ocoee Rafting FAQ
Do I need experience?
Who can participate?
Is there a weight limit for rafting?
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Do I have to wear shoes?
What should I wear?
Everything you wear on your rafting trip WILL GET WET so plan accordingly. In the summertime, rafting gear should consist of a swimsuit, shorts, maybe a t-shirt, and some SUNSCREEN. When the weather is cooler, plan on bringing some extra gear. Think synthetic materials like nylon, lycra, and polyester pants/leggings, pullovers, and maybe some wool socks when you are packing your bag. Leave the cotton hoodies in the car for after the trip.
How do we get from Adventures Unlimited to the river?
Everyone parks their car at Adventures Unlimited and checks in for the trip. Once we call the trip, do an orientation, and grab our gear, we all load up on a bus and travel up to the Ocoee to start our adventure.
How long is the bus ride to the river?
We travel 17 miles East on Highway 64 to the put-in for the Classic Middle Trip and an additional 4 miles if we are heading to the put-in for the Upper Ocoee River.
Can we drive our cars to the put-in?
No. While there is parking at the put-in for the Classic Middle Trip, there is no way to get you back up to your car after the trip. There is no parking at the take-out for the Classic Middle Trip. There is no parking at the put-in for the Upper Ocoee Trip either.
Can we bring snacks and drinks on the raft?
No, this just ends up being litter in the river.
What time do we show up for our trip?
Please plan on arriving at Adventures Unlimited 15-30 minutes prior to your trip time. This allows plenty of time for check-in, changing of clothes if necessary, and the last-minute trips to the restroom. And always remember, Adventures Unlimited operates on Eastern Standard Time.
Do I have to know how to swim to raft?
No. No one can swim in the traditional fashion in the Ocoee River. Your raft guide will teach you how to swim on your back with your toes on the surface of the water and pointed downstream. It is similar to sitting in a recliner.
What happens if it is raining?
All of our trips go rain or shine.
Should I tip my guide?
Gratuities are appreciated but not expected.
Will I fall out?
Maybe. We cannot guarantee that you won’t fall out of the boat but if you listen to your safety speech and learn how to brace in the boat correctly, the odds of staying in the boat greatly increase.