Ocoee River Rafting
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Few weekend getaways can offer the kind of exhilaration that Ocoee Whitewater Rafting does. This Tennessee gem winds 93 miles through the lush, green Smoky Mountains and within the Cherokee National Forest. Cabins and beginner friendly trips available!
Few weekend getaways can offer the kind of exhilaration that Ocoee whitewater rafting does. This whitewater rafting in Tennessee gem winds 93 miles through the lush, green Smoky Mountains and within the Cherokee National Forest. A 1,500-foot stretch of the Ocoee River was even modified to create the Ocoee Whitewater Center, used for the 1996 Olympic canoe and kayak slalom competitions. Now, the Ocoee River has been named as the Most Popular Whitewater Rafting River in America!
“This is without a doubt the most fantastic whitewater slalom course in the world.”
– Albert Woods, former Chairman of the International Canoe Federation
The 12-mile section we guide during our Ocoee River whitewater rafting rolls through more than 20 different rapids and provides excitement for both experienced paddlers and first-timers. There is an Upper and Middle section of the river. Each offers a different whitewater thrill. You can also combine both for a full day of paddling action.
Does a wild white water rafting Smoky Mountains adventure made safe by experienced and certified guides soundlike your ideal summer adventure? Let’s get your spot reserved in the raft! Due to dam control, we experience excellent water levels year-round. Check out our trip offerings below.
Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting Trip Options
Middle Ocoee River Trip
Upper Olympic Ocoee River Trip
Full Ocoee River Trip
COMMON OCOEE RIVER RAFTING QUESTIONS
Get answers to common questions before you book!
What’s the minimum age to go whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River?
Although Outland Expeditions offers beginner-friendly fully guided whitewater rafting trips with all the proper safety equipment, all rafters must be 12 years or older.
How long does it take to raft Ocoee River?
The Upper and Middle Ocoee River trips are 5 miles long with over 10 class IV rapids. You are on the water 1.5 to 2 hours and total the trip is about 3 hours from the time the bus leaves till it gets back! The full experience lasts closer to 6 hours, including bus trip time.
Should I book the Middle Ocoee or the Upper Ocoee?
To sum it up, the upper Ocoee is a wild and untamed with challenging rapids that will test the skills of even the most experienced kayaker or rafter. The middle Ocoee is more accessible to a beginners, providing a thrilling but slightly less intense experience. For more in-depth information on how to choose the right experience for you, read our Upper vs Middle Ocoee River guide.
How difficult is rafting on the Ocoee river?
The Ocoee is a fast-moving river that contains mostly class III and IV rapids. It contains 2 whitewater rafting sections: the Upper Ocoee, which is class II-IV rapids and also where the 1996 Olympic slalom course, and the Middle Ocoee, which has five miles of Class III and IV rapids. Outland Expeditions offers fully guided whitewater rafting trips with all the proper safety equipment on both sections for ages 12 and older.
Ocoee River rafting is known as the best whitewater rafting in Tennessee.
Outland Expeditions has been the best family-run Ocoee river rafting company since 1981. With over 1,600+ 5-star reviews on Google and 450+ 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor, you don’t have only take our word for it either!
The Ocoee River carves its way through the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee. It descends from the mountains of north Georgia into the dramatic Ocoee River Gorge and Lake Ocoee Reservoir.
Outland Expeditions offers Ocoee rafting trips on two outstanding sections of the Ocoee River: