Cherokee Rafting on the Ocoee River
Since 1978, Cherokee Rafting has been the Ocoee River's #1 family-friendly outfitter. With 10 incredible miles of continuous Class III & IV rapids, we invite you to take the plunge on one of America's premier whitewater rivers. We hope you'll join us for an exciting adventure on the Ocoee flowing through a beautiful gorge in the Cherokee National Forest. Intense whitewater, panoramic scenery, and non-stop action makes this an adventure your family and friends will never forget. We take pride in our reputation with a friendly, relaxing atmosphere that keeps folks returning year after year. The Ocoee River is dam-controlled which means the rapids are always guaranteed to be big and fun! There's a reason we call this place home, and we'd love to share the experience with you. An exciting, wholesome, action-packed adventure is waiting for you at Cherokee Rafting. We hope to see you soon!
Typical Class of Water: Class III & IV
Our rafting season runs from mid-March through the end of October, but FUN IS ALWAYS IN SEASON around the Ocoee River gorge! Come enjoy the spring months with fewer boats on the river, the unforgettable beauty of the leaves and mountains in the fall, and of course our legendary summer months provide the perfect refreshing waters to stay cool and beat the heat.
The Ocoee River in southeast Tennessee is the most popular class IV whitewater river in America. The 10-mile Ocoee whitewater rafting area, located between Ocoee Dam No. 3 and the Caney Creek take-out, attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year. The river runs like a silver thread through the heart of the Cherokee National Forest, which also provides plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, mountain biking, and a beautiful lake perfect for swimming or lounging.
The volatile nature of the Ocoee River generates miles of rapids and many opportunities for spectacular whitewater. Rafting takes place on two sections of the river called the "Upper" and the "Middle." Each section is about 5 miles of class III & IV rapids and takes about two hours to run (or 5 hours for the Full River trip, which includes lunch).
The Upper Ocoee River includes the incredible whitewater race course created for the 1996 Olympics that were held in Atlanta, with such rapids as "Mikey's," "Slam Dunk," "Smiley Face," and the most popular "Godzilla" and "Humongous" which has even taken Olympic athletes for a spin.
The Middle Ocoee River is the classic section that Cherokee Rafting has been running for over 33 years. The well known rapids include "Grumpy," "Broken Nose," "Slice and Dice," "Table Saw," and "Hell Hole" for an explosive finish.
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