4 Adventure Locations in the Smokies & Blue Ridge

Wildwater has 3 Rafting & 4 Canopy Tour Locations

Wildwater is the pioneer whitewater rafting and canopy tours company in the Southeast, with more courses in the Smoky and Southern Blue Ridge Mountains than any other adventure company. All our locations are close to Southeast whitewater rafting and canopy tour action.

The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains are home to beautiful rivers & forests – perfect for world class rafting & ziplining!

Look no further for the best adventure locations in the ancient, breathtakingly beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia & South Carolina. Going with Wildwater means you are getting the most experienced adventure company in the Southeast. Wildwater was founded in 1971 as the very first commercial rafting outfitter on the Chattooga River, and we have been leading the way in guided adventures for over five decades. In 2009 Wildwater built the very first Zipline Canopy Tour in the Nantahala Region. A decade of happy Guests and incredible experiences later, we offer you more zipline fun than any other adventure company in the Southeast with five full length multi-zipline & sky bridge canopy tours at all our locations, plus two special KidZip courses at our Asheville and Nantahala locations.



Long Creek, SC, Near the Georgia Border

The Chattooga is where it all began for Wildwater. We pioneered outfitting here in 1971. Running the Chattooga is considered “the Number One Thing Every Southerner Ought To Do” according to Southern Living Magazine, but there’s so much more. Our Canopy Tour is a thrilling series of zip lines, canopy bridges and tree platforms. Enjoy the afternoon standup paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Tugaloo. Make a vacation of it and stay in our cabins or group yurts. We even have an overnight camping option on the river!

City Miles
Atlanta, GA 127 mi
Jacksonville, FL 389 mi
Charlotte, NC 167 mi
Greenville, SC 60 mi


DirectionsExplore Wildwater Chattooga




Come join us on the Southeast’s premier family whitewater river! Generations of families have learned to paddle on the Nantahala’s playful, bouncy waves. Come for the whitewater, and stay for the thrill of the Canopy Tour, or the fun of our KidZip adventure park! Ride the rails from Bryson City, or add a backcountry Jeep Tour to your Nantahala vacation. We even have yurts and group lodging available so you can take advantage of all the adventure!

City Miles
Gatlinburg, TN 58 mi
Pigeon Forge, TN 64 mi
Asheville, NC 74 mi


DirectionsExplore Wildwater Nantahala




Experience Olympic-sized fun on the 2 different sections of the Ocoee River, one of America’s most popular whitewater rivers! Raft on the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Slalom section and experience the thrill of continuous Class III and IV rapids. This is the biggest, wettest, most fun stretch of whitewater in the region, and a trip you’ll never forget. Add a Canopy Tour for a view of the region from high in the treetops, and test yourself on our ziplines and swinging tree bridges.

City Miles
Atlanta, GA 110 mi
Chattanooga, TN 64 mi


DirectionsExplore Wildwater Ocoee



Asheville, NC

Our Asheville Adventure Center, just 5 minutes from Downtown, offers a unique adventure right in the heart of the city! Our Full or Express Canopy Tour will have you zipping through the oak forest, with views of Downtown and the Great Smoky Mountains. For a bigger challenge, our Adventure Park contains over 60 challenge activities, and 5 trails of varying difficulty. Kid Zip is designed specifically for your 4-10 year olds, with their own ziplines and climbing features. Enjoy KOLO Bike park with trails and features designed for skills progression.

City Miles
Raleigh, NC 250 mi
Charlotte, NC 125 mi


DirectionsExplore Wildwater Asheville