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Meet Wildwater’s First Family

Jim and Jeanette Greiner founded Wildwater in 1971 on the Chattooga River, the first commercial rafting company in the Southeast.  Wildwater grew to four rivers and the Greiner’s assembled an experienced team of river runners to provide exceptional river trips.  A few years ago the Greiners did it again, pioneering  Canopy Tours in the Southeast, expanding to five locations, more locations than anyone else.  Providing quality outdoor experiences in concert with nature is the guiding principle of Wildwater and the Greiners. Today the whole Wildwater Team prides themselves in setting a high standard and working hard everyday to exceed your expectations. Take a look at our History page with Vintage Wildwater photos! Meet our Team!

What Makes the Difference in Your Vacation? The Wildwater Way

Wildwater invests consistently in the best equipment, staff, training and facilities.  Our focus is to provide you with our full attention and desire to make your experience with us special.  We call it The Wildwater Way, and it’s why our Guests return with us year after year.

  • Expert Trip Leaders:  They have hundreds of guide hours, advanced first aid & leadership training.  You want them in charge of your trip!
  • Highly Trained Guides:  Our river guides exceed all US Forest Service requirements.  Our Canopy Tour Rangers are trained above ACCT standards.  Our friendly, professional guides love sharing magical adventures with you.  Let them know what is important to you.
  • Knowledgeable Reservations Team:  These courteous folks make sure you select the appropriate adventures for your group or family and help with local arrangements.
  • Well-Appointed Facilities:  Large, clean changing rooms, free showers, restaurants, retail shops, convenient parking, gardens and spacious pre- and post-trip areas make your experience as comfortable as it should be.
  • Canopy Tour Courses:  Built and inspected to ACCT standards to provide safety and fun.  Designed to provide a complete experience.  Enjoy the best courses and staff in the Southeast.
  • Equipment:  State-of-the-art outdoor equipment and gear – it supports your exceptional experience.
  • On-site Lodging:  Convenient & affordable, including unique yurts, cottages, group facilities and luxury cabins.

Our Way of Helping the Environment

Wildwater is trying to do our part to minimize our ecological footprint and has gone green with a series of initiatives to promote environmentally-friendly practices and products.  We strive to reduce our impact. Wildwater Chattooga Recycles Glass, Aluminum & Cardboard Waste Vegetable Oil Bus (operates on waste vegetable oil) Solar Water Heater for Guest Showers Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs whenever possible Compost Leftover Lunch Food from Rafting Trips Reduce Paper Product use with Reusable Dishes for Cookouts Reduce Water Use with Low Flow Shower Heads Recycle Ink Cartridges Reduce Paper Use by Utilizing both Sides of Paper when Printing Turn off Computers & Lights at the End of the Day Outside Lights with Motion Sensors LED & Solar lights for Paths and Walkways All New Construction is Environmentally Friendly Using Local Materials, Extra Insulation, etc. On Demand Hot Water Systems at our New Lodging Facilities Use Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products   Wildwater Nantahala Recycles Glass, Aluminum & Cardboard Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs whenever possible Outside Lights with Motion Sensors LED & Solar lights for Paths and Walkways Reduce Water Use with Low Flow Shower Heads Use Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products   Wildwater Ocoee Recycles Glass, Aluminum & Cardboard Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs  and LED lights whenever possible Outside Lights with Motion Sensors Reduce Water Use with Low Flow Shower Heads Use Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products   Wildwater Pigeon Solar Panels tied into the electric grid Recycles Glass, Aluminum & Cardboard Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs whenever possible Outside Lights with Motion Sensors Reduce Water Use with Low Flow Shower Heads Use Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products   If you have any other suggestions please feel free to send us a message! Thanksgiving we hold “Green Friday” at all our Zipline Canopy Tours. Instead of shopping the day after Thanksgiving, individuals came to enjoy the outdoors with us in the canopy.  In our first year, 2011, we donated over $6000 to replanting trees in the community and region.  Here is the list of organizations Wildwater and Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours supported: Asheville GreenWorks“Asheville GreenWorks, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville and Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship. Since 1974, The Asheville GreenWorks, formerly Quality Forward, has worked for a “clean & green” community through the efforts of our Volunteers”. TreesGreenville ” TreesGreenville is a membership based non-profit founded in 2005. Our mission is to to plant, promote, and protect trees in Greenville County”. The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR), a group dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the health and quality of the Tuckasegee River and its watershed.

2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner
2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner
SC Tourism Employee of the Year, Wildwater’s Jody Tinsley 2011
Whitewater Outfitters Hall of Fame– Wildwater Company owner and founder, Jim Greiner, inducted 2008 Good Morning America Best Vacations series– #1 Vacation with a Splash Wildwater @ Falling Waters

nat_geo_logo_small Annual “Stay List” of the top lodging options in the US- Wildwater Yurts@ Falling Waters
nat_geo_logo_small America’s Best Adventures, Rafting with Wildwater on the Ocoee River

Southern Living as #1 Thing all Southerners Should Do- Raft the Chattooga River

If you are traveling or planning a vacation in another area of the country, this page will provide you with Wildwater’s recommendations for having quality experiences.


Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center Location: Milton, Florida  (Pan Handle Area) Rivers: Coldwater, Blackwater & Juniper Facilities: Cabins, Lodge, Restaurant, Bunkhouses, Ropes Course Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing, Canopy Tours, Ropes Course, Hiking, Hayrides


All-Outdoors Rafting Location: California Rivers: American, Cherry Creek, Tuolumne, Merced, Goodwin Canyon Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Camping

Buffalo Outdoor Center

Buffalo Outdoor Center Location: Arkansas Rivers: Buffalo National Wild & Scenic River Facilities: Cabins, Store, Retreat Lodge Activities: Canoeing, Canopy Tours, Hiking, Hot Air Ballooning, Fishing, Trail Riding


Adventures On The Gorge Location:  West Virginia Rivers:  New, Gauley Facilities:  Rafting Center, Restaurants, Country Inn, Store, Campground, Cabins, Pool Activities:  Rafting, Canopy Tours, Biking, Horseback Riding, Climbing, Fishing, Cabin Lodging


Echo Canyon River Expeditions Location: Canon City, Colorado Rivers:  Royal Gorge & Arkansas River Activities:  Rafting, Group & Corporate Rafting, Train Rides, Hiking, Fishing Facilities:  Store, Restaurant


ECHO River Trips Location: Idaho, Oregon Rivers:  Main & Middle Salmon, Rogue Activities:  Multi-Day and Day Rafting Trips


Far Flung Outdoor Center Location:  Texas Rivers:  Rio Grande (Texas’ Big Bend) Activities:  Jeep Tours, Canoeing, Rafting, Lodging


Gunflint Lodge Location:  Northeastern Minnesota, Boundary Waters Activities:  Canoeing, Canopy Tour, Camping, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding, Moose Viewing Facilities:  Lodge, Cabins, Bunkhouse, Camping, Dining


Rios Tropicales Location:  Costa Rica Rivers: Pacuare, Reventazon, Sarapiqui, Tenorio, Naranjo, Savegre, Cucaracho, Corobici Facilities: Rios Tropicales Pacuare Lodge Activities:  Rafting, Floats, Biking, Canopy Tours, Sea kayaking, Repelling, Twilight Safari Rafting

Holiday River Expeditions

Holiday River Expeditions Location:  Utah, Colorado, Idaho Rivers:  Colorado, Green, Yampa, San Juan, Salmon, Snake Activities:  Rafting, Floats, Biking, Ranch/Raft Trips, Bike/Raft Trips, Women’s Trips, Family Trips


New England Outdoor Center Location:  Maine Rivers:  Penobscot, Kennebec, Dead Facilities:  Country Inn, Restaurant, Lakeside Cabins, Pool, Cabin Tents, Meeting Facilities, Guest houses Activities:  Rafting, Snowmobiling, Fishing, Hunting, Cross Country Skiing


Outdoors Unlimited Location:  Colorado Rivers:  Grand Canyon Activities:  Rafting, hiking


Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitters Location: Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania Rivers:  Yough, Savage, Cheat Activities:  Rafting, Bike Touring, Kayaking, SUP, Fly Fishing, Rock Climbing


Blue Heron Whitewater Location:  Marshall, North Carolina Rivers:  French Broad River Activities:  Whitewater Rafting, Inflatable Kayaks, Float Trips


Out-Island Explorers Location:  Great Exuma, Bahamas Activities:  Sea Kayaking, Sailing, Camping, Expedition Kayak Trips, Expedition Sailing Trips


Looking for Wildwater Canada? Location:  BC & Alberta Canada Activities:  Whitewater Rafting