5 Adventure Locations in the Smokies & Blue Ridge

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 four 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.

WILDWATER CHATTOOGA


Chattooga

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!

Distance
CityMiles
Atlanta, GA127 mi
Jacksonville, FL389 mi
Charlotte, NC167 mi
Greenville, SC60 mi

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DirectionsExplore Wildwater Chattooga

WILDWATER NANTAHALA


Nantahala

NANTAHALA GORGE & BRYSON CITY, NC

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!

Distance
CityMiles
Gatlinburg, TN58 mi
Pigeon Forge, TN64 mi
Asheville, NC74 mi

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DirectionsExplore Wildwater Nantahala

WILDWATER PIGEON


Pigeon

HARTFORD, TN – NEAR GATLINBURG & Pigeon Forge

No trip to Great Smokies National Park is complete without a raft trip down the Pigeon River. Wildwater offers two trips, the exciting Upper Pigeon, and the perfect kid’s trip, the mellow Lower Pigeon. Our Canopy Tours are the only ones to cross the Pigeon River itself. You’ll climb high into the canopy, then fly our Highline Zip 120 feet above the river! Add a Jeep Tour and see historic sites, wildlife and more from our customized touring Jeeps!

Distance
CityMiles
Gatlinburg, TN26 mi
Pigeon Forge, TN32 mi
Asheville, NC56 mi

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WILDWATER OCOEE


Ocoee

DUCKTOWN, TN, NEAR ATLANTA & CHATTANOOGA

Experience Olympic-sized fun on 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.

Distance
CityMiles
Atlanta, GA110 mi
Chattanooga, TN64 mi

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DirectionsExplore Wildwater Ocoee

WILDWATER ASHEVILLE


Asheville

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.

Distance
CityMiles
Raleigh, NC250 mi
Charlotte, NC125 mi

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