Exploring the Thrills of White Water Rafting in Georgia

Bordering the Atlantic Ocean in the southeast and sharing state lines with North Carolina and Tennessee in the north, Georgia is a state in the southeastern part of the United States.

Georgia has a diverse population thriving in arts and culture and a geographical range from beaches to mountains. Some places in Georgia are must-see, and it will be a trip you can’t experience anywhere else.

Coastal Georgia is full of treasures, one being the Skidaway Island State Park and Ocoee White Water rafting in Georgia is only an hour and a half drive from the north side of Atlanta. This makes it an ideal excursion for day trips. The river runs through Tennessee and North Georgia.

It is a preconceived notion that a rafting trip involves a long and tiring bus ride to experience a remote wilderness location. However, this is not the case with Ocoee River rafting, as it is easily accessible and has many places to stay and dine.

Why is white river rafting in Georgia famous?

You will see an array of visitors from the remotest part of the country exclusively for the white river rafting in Georgia, primarily because of the National Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. This river is located in the northeast of Georgia in the blue-ridge mountain.

Hundreds and thousands of avid travelers and adventurers experience the river’s fun, excitement, and breathtaking beauty. The two distinct commercial rafting sections on the Chattooga River are Section 3 and Section 4. The former is for ages eight and up, and the latter is for ages 12 and up.

Chattooga Section 4

If you are an adventurous and experienced rafter, section 4 offers the most fabled set of rapids, which is the Five Falls. Three heart-pounding rapids are first strung together over ¼ mile gorge, and the river drops more than 75 feet through the entrance. The visitors should be prepared to experience some thrill and challenges as this will be a rafting experience for them!


  • Intensity level: High.
  • Minimum age: 12.
  • Meals provided: Buffet lunch on the river.
  • Equipment: Paddle, raft, helmet, rental wet suit, jacket

Chattooga Section 3

The fully guided trip offers a great day for the entire family with rolling Class 1, 2, and 3 rapids. These rapids increase as the day progresses. You can test yourself on Bull Sluice, the famous Class 4 rapid, and practice your rafting skills. You will experience dropping 14 feet over a series of two drops.


  • Minimum age: 8 years
  • Intensity level: Moderate. Fully guided trip
  • Trip length: Approximately 7 hours
  • Meals provided: Buffet lunch on the river
  • Season: Early March through November

Wild Water Chattooga Adventure Center, Clayton

Open since 1971, the Whitewater Chattooga Ridge adventure offers its visitors a plethora of whitewater rafting trips on what is known as one of the most spectacular rivers in the country.

You can create your custom package by combining your rafting trip with other activities such as kayak clinics, Lake Kayak tours, zip-line canopy tours, climbing walls, and low rope courses. You will get to stay in our unique lodging, where you can choose from cottages, yurts, or upscale cabins.

Southeastern Clayton

Southeastern is a white water rafting company that is situated on the wild and beautiful Chattooga River, located near Clayton, Georgia. The Crown Jewel of the Southeast remains the only river east of Mississippi, and it hosts commercial rafting, and many visitors from all across the country pay a visit here.

The Chattooga, which is rated one of the ten runways in the country, is blessed with outstanding white water and stunning scenery. The minimum age for these trips is ten years old, and the Southeastern Company provides tours that last 5-6 hours, which include lunch as well.

Nantahala Outdoor Center, Clayton

Adventure awaits you at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, which is the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company. Many guests visit the center annually to embark on a collection of more than 120 different whitewater rafting itineraries.

The whitewater rafting trips here range from the ‘mild’ section 3 to the ‘wild’ section 4. The main highlight of the trip is the run through the famous Five Falls. These two types of trips are appropriate for the novice as well as the experienced rafters.

Rolling Thunder River Company

The Rolling Thunder River Company operates many guided white water rafting trips on the Nantahala River and the Ocoee River. One more fascinating thing about the company is that it also operates tubing trips on the Toccoa River.

It provides tours at extremely reasonable costs and enriches you with a high-value experience that will add great memories to your vacation. Nantahala River is a favorite of families and younger children as it is ideal for beginners. Children have to be seven years of age or weigh at least 60 pounds for going down the river.

Whitewater Express, Columbus

Our rafting course has been described to be as wild as Colorado and as warm as Costa Rica’. Besides this, there will be other things to do after the raft trip, such as biking on 15 miles of Riverwalk, Oxbow Meadows, and the National Infantry Museum.

Dining in the beautiful uptown Columbus restaurant will be a perfect ending to the trip! The course comprises over 5 class 4+ rapids and ten smaller rapids. It is the most exciting whitewater rafting rivers in the United States of America.

Final words

We often look for ways to get rid of the scorching summer heat. The summer in Atlanta can be brutal, and the cure for heat can be found just a couple of hours away on the splashy whitewater of the Ocoee River. This river is home to the whitewater canoe and kayak events during the games. The experience will prove to be a fun and thrilling one like no other!

After coming from an adrenaline-filled rafting experience, the guests can come Riverside to have a scrumptious lunch! Restroom facilities are also available. However, it is recommended to reserve the spot early to avoid hassles!

Written by Emma Parker

Hi, I'm Emma Parker, a passionate outdoors enthusiast and blogger. I love nothing more than exploring the great outdoors and sharing my experiences with others.

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