5 Reasons to Try Whitewater Rafting in 2023

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5 Reasons to Try Whitewater Rafting in 2023

It’s the start of the New Year, where people vow to go on a diet or finally get a gym membership. Did you know that only about 9% of people actually fulfill their New Year’s resolutions? That’s why instead of “New Year, New You”, we are embracing New Year, New View. Add an extra dose of fun and excitement to 2023 by taking a whitewater rafting trip that is guaranteed to give you a new view on life and the mountains we call home. Here’s why:

Good Ol’ Fashioned Adventure

Five people rafting

In case you haven’t heard, whitewater rafting is an adrenaline-pumping, scream-inducing adventure. From the anticipation of seeing the water disappear in front of you as it dips down into a rapid to riding the waves as you crash through rushing water, it is guaranteed that your need to quell the summer thrill will be satisfied. Wildwater offers various trips for every kind of adventurer. If mild is your style, the Lower Pigeon River and Nantahala River offer splashy, exhilarating Class I and II rapids. If you’re beguiled by wild, then experience the heart-pumping Class IV and Class V rapids on the Chattooga and Ocoee Rivers.

Time with Loved Ones

Family of 4 posing in front of river

Whitewater rafting is a great way to spend time with friends and family. Not only will you be in the same raft, but you will paddle together and maybe even go for a surprise swim together. Rafting is truly a team building exercise that will bring you closer together (or disinvited from future family trips….just kidding). Nothing says bonding like taking a rafting trip with your loved ones.



Whitewater rafting is a great source of exercise because it requires participation. When you go on a rafting trip, your guide will give you paddling commands as you crash your way down the river. Paddling primarily uses your core so you will be getting in an ab workout. Some trips allow you to swim or even go on short hikes to see nearby scenic attractions. The day after your trip, your sore muscles will remind you about all the good times you had on the river.

Scenery and Wildlife

Kayaker with bear swimming in the water

A bear swimming in the Chattooga River

One of the best parts about rafting is the beautiful scenery and wildlife you will encounter. Whitewater rafting allows Guests to get up close and personal with nature. If you raft with Wildwater, you will be greeted by mountainous views, stunning greenery, waterfalls, and even the occasional bear.



Think back to a fond memory. What were you doing? Most likely, you were enjoying an experience whether that be an adventure or spending time with loved ones. Unlike buying material items, whitewater rafting is an experience that will leave a lasting memory that becomes part of our identity. A 20-year study by a Cornell University professor concluded that “we are the sum total of our experiences.” Not only do our experiences make us happier and build a connection with ourselves, but they also help develop a strong bond with others. As it turns out, people don’t like hearing about your material possessions. They would much rather hear about your time whitewater rafting.

If you want to take on a new adventure this year, book your 2023 rafting trip today!