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Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting in Tennessee

Few weekend getaways can offer the kind of exhilaration that Ocoee River rafting does. This Tennessee gem winds 93 miles through the lush, green Smoky Mountains and within the Cherokee National Forest. A 1,500-foot stretch of the 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 trip we guide rolls through more than 20 different rapids and provides excitement for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.

If a wild adventure, made safe by experienced and certified guides, sounds like your ideal summer vacation, book your white water rafting trip with Outland Expeditions today. Due to dam control, we experience excellent water levels year-round. Check out our trip offerings below.

Classic Middle Ocoee Trips

This 5.5-mile-long whitewater rafting excursion is ideal for large groups, particularly outdoor education programs and families. It’s our most popular trip. We run our Classic Middle Ocoee Trips from March until October. The rapids you’ll paddle through on this half-day rafting trip range from Class III to Class IV, including:

  • Grumpy
  • Broken Nose
  • Slice & Dice
  • Moon Chute
  • Double Suck
  • Double Trouble
  • Flipper
  • Table Saw
  • Diamond Splitter
  • Slingshot
  • Cat’s Pajamas
  • Hell’s Hole
  • Powerhouse

The trip lasts approximately 2.5 hours. You must be 12 years old or older to raft this section of the Ocoee River.

Olympic Upper Ocoee Trips

Our three-hour-long upper river trip starts at the Ocoee Whitewater Center, a whitewater course snaking through a narrow strait. The first of its kind, the center was home to the Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom competitions. From the whitewater course, our Upper Ocoee River rafting trip blasts through these ten consecutive Class III and Class IV rapids:

  • Mikey’s
  • Let’s Make a Deal
  • Blue Hole
  • Smiley’s
  • Slam Dunk
  • Clahan’s Ledge
  • Humongous
  • Godzilla
  • Roach Motel
  • Edge of the World

We offer this trip on weekends from May through September. You must be 12 years old or older to raft the upper section of the Ocoee River.

Full Ocoee River Trips

Our full-day trip combines the Upper and Middle Ocoee River, packing more than 20 rapids into six hours of paddling. Our guides stop midway through the trip and grill you lunch on the riverside. Availability is based on water levels on the Upper Ocoee.

Call Us to Learn More About Our Trips

Before you reserve your Ocoee River rafting trip with Outland Expeditions, please make sure all the members of your party have a clean bill of health. Book your trip today through our online reservation system or call us directly at (800) 827-1442 for more information.

GuideCam: Classic Ocoee Rafting Trip