The Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River, known as the “crown jewel” of southeastern whitewater, begins at the base of Whitesides Mountain in North Carolina and flows in a southwesterly direction to form the border between South Carolina and Georgia. One of the wildest and most beautiful whitewater rivers in southeastern US, the Chattooga was the first river in the Southeast to be designated “Wild and Scenic” by Congress in 1974 and was used as a location for the movie Deliverance. The Sumter and Chattahoochee National Forests surround you while on this wilderness river adventure.
The Chattooga is where Wildwater first opened their doors in 1971 and remains Wildwater’s premier rafting trip in the Southeast. Our highly trained guides and self-bailing fleet will make your Chattooga River trip one to remember!
As a free flowing river, water levels on the Chattooga vary with the amount of rainfall each season. The highest water levels and most exciting trips are typically in the Spring and early Summer. By late Summer and Fall the water level is usually lower and trips are more relaxed and slower paced. Chattooga Water Level
On campus you will find a volleyball court, horseshoes, corn hole toss game, hammocks, snacks in the store and picnic tables. Enjoy our facilities before and/or after your trip!
The Section III Mini-Trip is the perfect trip for novices, families with younger children and other Guests wanting to spend a half day rafting. The trip features a portion of our regular Section III fully guided trip, includes a riverside snack and concludes with the exciting challenge of Bull Sluice Rapid (optional). Mini Trips run Monday through Friday.
Section III of the Chattooga is the perfect trip for novices and family groups. Most of the rapids on this section are Class II and III, gradually increasing in difficulty as the trip progresses. Bull Sluice is the highlight of the trip. Dropping 14 feet over a series of two drops, this challenging rapid provides a resounding introduction to the technical rapids downstream. A delicious Riverside lunch and opportunities to swim are included. This is a fully guided trip with a guide in each raft.
Section IV of the Chattooga begins where the Wildwater Section III trip ends. This run covers one of the steepest sections of river currently being run on a regular basis in the Southeast. In a 1/4 mile gorge, the river drops more than 75 feet through the famed Five Falls: Entrance, Corkscrew, Crack-In-the-Rock, Jawbone and Sock-Em Dog. Also included on the trip is a full riverside lunch, waterfalls, towering rock cliffs, house sized boulders and opportunities to swim. Recommended for Guests with previous rafting experience, Section IV can be the ultimate challenge for whitewater paddlers. On Section IV trips there is a skilled guide in each raft.
Two full days of rafting, one night camping, two lunches, dinner and breakfast – The ultimate Chattooga experience. Section III includes a full day of rapids, opportunities for relaxing and swimming, a riverside buffet lunch and Bull Sluice Rapid. Your personal gear will be waiting at our campsite. Guests are encouraged to swim, hike or fish (SC or GA fishing license required for adults) after camp is set. Enjoy your steak dinner while sitting around the campfire listening to rushing water, chirping crickets and stories of river trips past. After a full hot breakfast with coffee, you meet on the beach with other Guests taking the Section IV trip with Wildwater. This rafting trip is more challenging than the first day, but there are still opportunities to relax and stretch your legs. A rest stop at Long Creek Falls (a 60 foot waterfall), full riverside lunch, swimming at Possum Creek and a leisurely boat tow across Lake Tugaloo to the take-out ends your 2-day journey. Hot showers and your car await you back at Wildwater Chattooga. Feel free to pack a few adult beverages to take to camp.
- Scenic, Snack, Bull Sluice
- 8 yrs
- 4 hrs
- 2.5 hrs
- $69.95 (wkdays only)
- Scenic, Lunch, Bull Sluice
- 8 yrs
- 7 hrs
- 5 hrs
- $109.95 / $119.95 Sat Cookout
- Wilderness, Lunch, 5 Falls
- 12 yrs
- 7 hrs
- 5 hrs
- Wilderness, Sec. III/IV
- 12 yrs
- 2 Days
- 10 hrs
Chattooga River Shuttles
Wildwater provides shuttle services on the Chattooga River if you have the ability to paddle the river on your own. Be aware that there is a two craft minimum on the Chattooga River. We also provide shuttles for hikers who are hiking the Chattooga River Trail.
Reservations are strongly recommended. Meet at the Wildwater Chattooga Adventure Center on Academy Road in Long Creek, SC. Typically we travel with you to the take-out where you leave your car and we transport you to your put-in location. Call (866) 319-8870 for reservations.
Hwy 76 / Thrifts/Woodall 30 minutes $ 20 first person $ 5 per additional people
Lake Tugaloo 1 hour $ 25 first person $ 5 per additional people
Earl’s / Sandy Ford 1 hour $ 30 first person $ 5 per additional people
Hwy 28 / West Fork 1.5 hours $ 40 first person $ 5 per additional people