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Blue Ridge Area Whitewater Rafting & Tubing

Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Experience world-class whitewater rafting for all skill levels in North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Western North Carolina. Local outfitters offer experienced rafting guides, equipment, and safety gear for an exhilarating whitewater rafting adventure you’ll never forget. In addition, discover an array of outdoor activity centers offering tubing, kayaking, boating, and fishing close to our Blue Ridge cabin rentals.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Located in Western North Carolina with several regional outposts, Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company. Their world-class staff leads guided whitewater rafting trips on seven of the Southeast’s best rivers including the Chattooga River, French Broad River, Nantahala River, Nolichucky River, Ocoee River, Pigeon River, and Chattahoochee River. They also provide gear and river raft rentals, adventure packages, and zip line trips.

Ocoee Adventure Center

The Ocoee Adventure Center is your headquarters for Ocoee River rafting trips and nearby adventures. The Ocoee River in Tennessee is the premier river for whitewater rafting in the Southeast. OAC offers unsurpassed whitewater rafting trips, featuring more time on the river than other rafting companies, high quality gear, and some of the best river guides around! In addition, they offer gear rentals and guided biking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding trips.

Ocoee Rafting

As the oldest company on the Ocoee River, Ocoee Rafting has provided guided whitewater rafting adventures for more than 70 years. Their guides have the reputation of being some of the best and most experienced on the Ocoee River. Ocoee Rafting’s trained staff takes great pride in its ability to provide an action-packed, fun-filled adventure. Choose from a zipline canopy tour, Ocoee River whitewater rafting, Toccoa River tubing, or the Aerial Adventure Park ropes course.

Ocoee Whitewater Center

The Ocoee Whitewater Center was built by the U.S. Forest Service for the 1996 Olympic canoe, kayak, and slalom events. It carries the distinction of hosting the first Olympic whitewater event on a natural river. As a premier whitewater venue for athletes from all over the world, the center also offers activities like hiking or biking historic trails, swimming, picnicking, and nature viewing in a native garden.

Raft One Whitewater & Zipline Tours

As Tennessee’s premier river rafting experts, Raft One offers guided Class I, II, III, and IV rafting for all experience levels on the famous Class IV Ocoee River. Join their skilled guides for an exciting whitewater rafting adventure, zipline canopy tour of the Blue Ridge mountains, or mountain biking trip in the Cherokee National Forest.

Rolling Thunder River Company

For nearly 40 years, Rolling Thunder River Company has professionally guided thousands of whitewater rafters down some of the most scenic and exhilarating rivers in the Southeast. Choose from Nantahala River rafting ideal for first-timers, Ocoee River rafting for the adventurous, or tubing or kayaking the Toccoa River for a leisurely and relaxing experience.

Southeastern Expeditions

Founded in 1972 as one of the first whitewater rafting outfitters in the Southeast, Southeastern Expeditions was the pioneer of rafting on the East Coast. Their staff is composed of friendly guides with decades of whitewater experience. Get out on the wild and scenic Chattooga River in North Georgia on rafting adventures designed for all skill levels. They also offer canoeing, kayaking, and overnight camping and whitewater rafting trips.

Toccoa Valley Campground

Blessed with one of the most beautiful stretches of the Toccoa River, Toccoa Valley Campground offers 6 miles of tubing, kayaking, and rafting. Choose from tubes, kayaks, or two-person, four-person, and six-person rafts. After your trip, a shuttle will be waiting to drive you back to the campground.

Toccoa Wilderness Tubing

Go for a family-friendly, relaxing, and stress-free float down the Toccoa River, just a short drive from Blue Ridge. Rent a tube with Toccoa Wilderness Tubing, and a driver will drop you off just a few steps from the river at the Sandy Bottom launch area. Float at your own pace for 1.5–2 hours past beautiful scenery and a few rushing spots to the historic Shallowford Bridge back at Toccoa Wilderness Tubing.


The team at Wildwater is ready to guide you to the perfect mix of whitewater rafting, ziplining, and outdoor adventures. With more locations than any other outfitter in the Southeast, they’ve been trailblazing fun in the Blue Ridge mountains since 1971. Choose from four completely different rivers: Chattooga, Nantahala, Ocoee, or Pigeon, with lots of whitewater rafting trip options for ages 4 and up. Book a zipline canopy tour, kayak or stand-up paddleboarding tour, Jeep tour, train ride, ropes course adventure, and more!

Recreation Releases and Lake Levels

If you are interested in rafting, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and fishing in the areas downstream from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams or reservoirs, check out this information to plan your day on the water. Get the most up-to-date info on the individual reservoirs TVA manages, including observed and predicted elevations, planned generation releases at the dams, reservoir operating guides, ecological health ratings, fish population survey results, recreation facilities, and more.

For assistance planning your vacation, call the SCCR guest services team at 866.4CABINS or contact us online.