6501 Waterlevel Hwy. SE
Cleveland, TN 37323
Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting
Choose from Tennessee’s best whitewater rafting trips!
Ocoee River rafting is one of the most popular whitewater trips in the United States.
The Ocoee River carves its way through the Appalachian Mountains in southeast Tennessee. It descends from the mountains of north Georgia into the dramatic Ocoee River Gorge and Lake Ocoee Reservoir. With put-ins located less than two hours from Atlanta, Knoxville, and Chattanooga – this untamed river is ready for visitors of all abilities and experience.
Did you know that it wasn’t until 1977 that the Ocoee water releases began and river rafting finally took off?
That’s right! The Ocoee River’s water flow is controlled by dams operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Two of these were built in the 1910s, along with a historic wooden flume that once diverted the Ocoee waters into powerhouses. In 1976, this flume was shut down and the world-class whitewater was returned to the Ocoee River. It was then that thrill-seekers and weekend rafters flocked to the river just like they do today!
Whitewater rafting events have been held here ever since.
In fact, in 1996 a section of the Upper Ocoee was selected as the location for the Summer Olympic Games! Dubbed the “Olympic Course”, this section now forms part of the Upper Ocoee’s five-mile stretch. If you’re looking to enjoy some rapids just like Olympians of old, Outland Expeditions is the preferred outfitter on the Ocoee River. Don’t take our word for it, check out our reviews!
The Ocoee River has another section that is actually more popular still
Don’t know which one to choose?
We say do both! But for a quick reference, the Upper Ocoee is known for its big whitewater and home to the Olympic Course. The more popular Middle Ocoee has continuous splashy rapids. You can learn more by visiting the trip page for each section or by learning more here: Upper vs. Middle Ocoee. No matter which you choose, be sure you have an experienced rafting guide leading the way. Of course, we are here to help and answer any of your questions. Enjoy our website, strap in and get ready for an Ocoee River rafting adventure of a lifetime!