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Cherokee Rafting on the Ocoee River

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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

Best Seasons for Experiencing

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.

Access Points

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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Special
Save $3/person on our 5-mile Middle Ocoee adventure!

Experience 5-miles of awesome whitewater on the Middle section of the Ocoee River, listed as one of the top 10 whitewater runs in the USA. This is a guided whitewater rafting adventure. It takes us about two hours to complete the trip on the river, but you can plan on being here a total of about 3 hours. Cherokee Rafting will provide all equipment needed to run the river, including helmet, paddle, PFD and transportation to and from the river. By using this special, you can take $3.00 off the individual rate, good for up to 6 people.

Available on any regularly scheduled release rafting days, however excludes CAP days (7/20 & 7/27). Offer not valid with any other discounts or specials. Must mention this special at the time of booking.

Save $5/person on our 10-mile Full River Combo adventure!

Looking for the ultimate whitewater adventure? Come experience 10-miles of incredible whitewater action on both the Upper and Middle sections of the Ocoee River, listed as one of the top 10 whitewater runs in the USA. This is a guided whitewater rafting adventure and also includes an all-you-can-eat riverside lunch buffet. It takes us about 5 hours to complete the trip on the river, but you can plan on being here a total of about 6 hours. Cherokee Rafting will provide all equipment needed to run the river, including helmet, paddle, PFD and transportation to and from the river. By using this special, you can take $5.00 off the individual rate, good for up to 6 people.

Available on any regularly scheduled rafting days, however excludes CAP days (7/20 & 7/27). Offer not valid with any other discounts or specials.

$70/person Full River combo opening day special!

Our Full River combo trips begin running Sat. May 11th. If you're looking for the ultimate whitewater adventure, come experience 10-miles of incredible whitewater action on both the Upper and Middle sections of the Ocoee River, listed as one of the top 10 whitewater runs in the USA. This is a guided whitewater rafting adventure and also includes an all-you-can-eat riverside lunch buffet. It takes us about 5 hours to complete the trip on the river, but you can plan on being here a total of about 6 hours. Cherokee Rafting will provide all equipment needed to run the river, including helmet, paddle, PFD and transportation to and from the river.

Available only for Sat. May 11th. Must mention this special at the time of booking.

For More Information, Contact:

Blake McPherson

blake@cherokeerafting.com
www.CherokeeRafting.com
869 Hwy 64, PO Box 111, Ocoee, TN 37361
423-338-5124 · toll-free 800-451-7238 · fax 423-338-1990
 

Malte (from Germany) wrote on August 24, 2011: Me and my buddy were in search of a few action-packed whitewater rafting days on the Ocoee and the guys from Cherokee, well they delivered - big time! with their fun & friendly guides we felt like riding down the river with a few good friend who just happen to know the rapids like the back of their hands. Especially our guide, Katie, made this trip a very memorable one - i can still hear her voice going "alriite errbody, gimmi twooo forward"!

Michelle wrote on July 19, 2011: Cherokee is a family friendly rafting company with some of the friendliest and fun staff you will ever meet. They care about the Ocoee River and they love sharing it with others who don't mind the wet and wild ride the Class 3-4 rapids the Ocoee River has to offer!

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic Society.

Latitude: 35.115275000
Longitude: -84.694333000
Elevation: 812 FT (247 M)
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