Give the Gift of Adventure With These 4 Whitewater Rafting Trips in the Southeast

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Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River

As the economy emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is left in its wake: global supply chain issues are threatening the 2021 holiday season. Between domestic labor shortages, overseas factory slowdowns, and compromised supply chain links, it appears the Grinch might steal Christmas for those with tech and toys on their Christmas shopping lists. According to a recent study from Oracle, 87% of adults surveyed say they’ve been negatively impacted by supply chain issues this year. But you don’t have to let the Grinch ruin Christmas! Gift your loved ones with an experience they’ll never forget– a gift card for a 2022 Wildwater whitewater rafting adventure.

With four locations to choose from, it might feel overwhelming to pick which Southeastern rafting trip is right for you. That is why we decided to compile a list of the four best whitewater rafting trips for every kind of adventurer to help make your summer trip planning go a little smoother. From trips that can accommodate children as young as four to heart-pounding class IV/V rapids, here are four recommendations to help you get a jump start on planning your vacation.

Best Whitewater Rafting Trip for the Littles

Lower Pigeon River

Whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River

Whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River

The Lower Pigeon River whitewater rafting trip is perfect for families with young children or for those looking for a relaxing river trip. With a minimum age of four, even little boaters can join in on the fun and experience class I and II rapids. This five-mile trip is jam packed with fun and beautiful scenery that will leave a smile on everyone’s face. After a day on the river, you can take a trip to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN which are just a stone’s throw away (28 miles).

Best Whitewater Rafting Trip for the Whole Family

Ocoee Upper and Middle Combo Trip

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River

Take a trip to Tennessee, and combine the Upper and Middle Ocoee whitewater rafting trip for an all-day adventure that will be sure to have the whole family shouting with excitement. This six-hour, action packed adventure takes you down ten miles of class III-IV rapids with big hydraulics and even bigger waves.

Best Whitewater Rafting Trip for the Adrenaline Junkie

Chattooga Section 4

Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River

Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River

If you’re looking for an iconic Southeastern river trip jam-packed with exciting rapids, then Chattooga Section 4 is the trip for you. The Chattooga is famous for being featured in the movie Deliverance, but for us at Wildwater, the Chattooga holds a special place in our hearts because it is our flagship trip. Nestled on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, this seven-mile rafting trip features the fabled Five Fall, three heart-pumping class IV/V rapids that drop more than 85 feet through a quarter mile gorge. As a bonus, Guests can hike to two waterfalls and jump off a rock for more adrenaline-inducing fun.

Best Whitewater Rafting Trip for the First Timer

Nantahala River

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River

Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River

New to rafting but don’t know where to start? Then check out Wildwater’s Nantahala rafting trip in North Carolina. This whitewater rafting experience takes you down eight miles of bouncy class I and II rapids that will have you thirsting for more.

Save this Holiday Season

Our Cyber Sale is right around the corner! As a treat to all of our Guests, we are offering 35% of all 2022 activities and lodging at our five locations with the code CYBER2022. Not ready to book a reservation? Gift cards are also included in our Cyber Sale. This means you can purchase now, and book your trip later. So go ahead and mark those calendars. Our Cyber Sale starts November 29th and ends December 2nd!

Wildwater is recognized as one of the finest whitewater rafting outfitters in the country. With over 50 years of guiding experience, you will be in good hands rafting with Wildwater. 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.