What Rafting Is Closest to Me?How to pick your next rafting trip!


You’ve Zipped or Climbed with Us in Asheville, Have You Explored Our Rafting Trips?

Thanks for visiting us at our Asheville Adventure location with the Asheville Zipline Canopy Tours and Asheville Treetops Adventure Park last season!  Next up, river time!  We’ll help point you in the right direction to pick the right river, right location and right time of year to experience the magic of white water rafting.

Why Go Rafting?

That’s easy! Pure fun, awesome excitement, sweet scenery, amazing connection time with family and friends. See what our Guests say.

How to Choose Your Rafting Adventure:

1. Location:

What river trip is closest to you?  You can do a day trip from many cities in the southeast to our rivers in the Carolinas & Tennessee. Click on a river below to see the google map with driving distances from your house.  Got more time? Check out your lodging options here. 

2. Experience Level and Participant Age: 

Under 12 or over 12? First time rafter or you’ve been before? These questions matter!  Choose the Pigeon, Nantahala or Chattooga Section 3 if the kids are under 12 or you’re a first-timer not sure about the whole rafting thing. Got an adventurous spirit and over 12? Jump on a trip on the Ocoee or Chattooga Section 4 for bigger whitewater and consistent excitement.

3. Desired Trip Experience:

Is it laid back, intense, or (like most of us!) something in between? The whitewater classification is your key indicator here. Class 1-2 is a float trip, Class 2-3 is in-between fun, Class 3-4 is super fun, Class 4 is intense.  Pick a trip that matches your comfort level. You can always do a bigger whitewater trip next!

4. Time of Year:

You can go rafting from March through October with us! Three of the 3 rivers are dam-controlled, guaranteeing you consistent whitewater levels all season long. North Carolina Nantahala trips are daily, and Tennessee Ocoee & Pigeon trips run four days a week. The Chattooga in South Carolina is a free-flowing river with daily trips. Rainfall any time of season can bring rivers up a little or a lot – we stay on top of that and adjust trips accordingly if needed.  Air temps in the southern Appalachians are typically comfortable all season, early spring and late fall obviously bring cooler weather. For example, youngsters may get cold easily but love to splash, play and swim on the trip – perfect for summer rafting.  20-somethings love intensity – perfect for spring rafting. The rest of us love it all – we get the most options. 🙂 See how it works?

Meet the Four Best Rafting Rivers in the Southeast!

Rafting in the southeast- WildwaterWildwater Pioneered Rafting in the Southeast

Wildwater is the pioneer whitewater rafting and canopy tours company in the Southeast. We are the first commercial outfitter to pioneer rafting back in 1971, and we also are the pioneers in canopy tour zipline courses in the Southeast!

Chattooga River – only 2 hours north of Atlanta, GA
Nantahala River – 3 hours north of Atlanta, GA and only 1 1/2 hours west of Asheville, NC
Pigeon River – only 1 hour west of Asheville, NC, and 1 hour east of Knoxville, TN
Ocoee River – only two hours northwest of Atlanta GA and 1 1/2 hours east of Chattanooga, TN

Find out exactly how far these rivers are from YOU. Click below on the + sign tab of each location to see a Google map with detailed address, phone, GPS and driving directions.

WILDWATER PIGEON RIVER RAFTING: Near Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, TN

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WILDWATER PIGEON

Street Address:

3555 Hartford Rd.
Hartford, TN  37753

Phone #s:

Reservations #: 866-319-8870
Local Rafting #: 423-487-3307
Local Canopy #: 423-487-5916

GPS Coordinates:

35 49′ 10 N 083 08′ 53 W

Physical Location:

Wildwater Pigeon & Pigeon River Canopy Tours is located at exit 447 off Interstate 40 in Hartford, Tennessee (Hartford Road).  Turn right on Hartford Road.  The Pigeon Center is 1/2 mile west of the gas station.  Please check your map to confirm driving routes.  Hartford is 45 minutes outside of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, on the Big Pigeon River.

Pigeon Directions

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DRIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS:

  • Internet mapping and some car GPS systems give poor directions to some rural locations.
  • Please have a copy of our directions as your primary source or as a backup.

WILDWATER OCOEE RIVER RAFTING: Southeastern, TN

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WILDWATER OCOEE

Address:

4596 Highway 64 West
Ducktown, TN 37326

Phone #s:

Reservations #: 866-319-8870
Local Rafting #: 423-496-4904
Local Canopy #: 423-548-5100

GPS Coordinates:

35 02′ 07 N  084 25′ 46 W

Physical Location:

Wildwater Ocoee is on US 64, 3 miles west of Ducktown, Tennessee and 7 miles west of the North Carolina / Tennessee state line.  The Canopy Tour Office and check-in is 1 mile west of Ducktown, TN on Hwy 64.

Ocoee Directions

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DRIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS:

  • Internet mapping and some car GPS systems give poor directions to rural locations.
  • Please have a copy of our directions as your primary source or as a backup.

WILDWATER CHATTOOGA RIVER RAFTING: North, GA / Upstate, SC

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WILDWATER CHATTOOGA

Address:

1251 Academy Road
Long Creek, SC 29658

Phone:

Reservations #: 866-319-8870
Local #: 864-647-9587

GPS Coordinates:

34 47′ 36 N, 083 14′ 47 W

Physical Location:

Wildwater Chattooga is located on the grounds of the Historic Long Creek Academy, two miles north of US 76 on Academy Rd. between Westminster, SC and Clayton, GA in the community of Long Creek, South Carolina.

 Chattooga Directions

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DRIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS:

  • Internet mapping and some car GPS systems give poor directions to some rural locations.
  • Please have a copy of our directions as your primary source or as a backup.

WILDWATER NANTAHALA RIVER RAFTING: Western, NC

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WILDWATER NANTAHALA

Rafting Center Street Address:

10345 Highway 19 South/74 West
Bryson City, NC  28713

Phone #s:

Reservations #: 866-319-8870
Local Rafting #: 828-488-2384
Local Canopy #: 828-488-8899

GPS Coordinates:

35 20′ 36 N 083 33′ 39 W

Lodging & Canopy Tours Street Address

(across the street from the Rafting Center)

Yurt Village, Group Lodge & Canopy Tours
10320 US 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713

Physical Location:

Wildwater Nantahala, Yurt Village, Group Lodge & Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours are located on Hwy. 74 West, 12 miles Southwest of Bryson City, North Carolina.  We recommend Hwy. 74/23 versus Hwy. 19 for time and better roads.  Please check your map to confirm driving routes.

Nantahala Directions

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DRIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS:

  • Internet mapping and some car GPS systems give poor directions to some rural locations.
  • Please have a copy of our directions as your primary source or as a backup.