Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting FAQ's
• Ocoee River •
Challenging Whitewater Rafting • No Experience Necessary
OCOEE RIVER RAFTING
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Do I need previous whitewater experience?
The Ocoee is a family friendly river and experience is NOT
necessary. The Ocoee River rafting is a good choice for both beginners and
Can children raft on the Ocoee?
Tennessee Department of Environment and Convervation require that children must be at least
12 years old to raft on the Ocoee River.
What class rapids are on the Ocoee River?
The Middle Ocoee River is a 5 mile stretch of World Class
Whitewater that has almost continuous class 3 and 4 whitewater rapids, making
it the most popular family whitewater rafting river in the US.
Will there be a guide in my raft?
There is a friendly, experienced guide in each raft whose
main objective is for you to have a safe and fun trip on the river.
How long is the Ocoee rafting trip?
The Middle Ocoee is a half day trip with about 2 hours on
the water itself. The Upper Ocoee is also a half day trip with about 2 hours of water time. Allow a full day
for the Ocoee Combo Trip.
Can I go rafting if I cannot swim?
It is not necessary to know how to swim. Your personal
floatation device (PFD) will float you in the water. Many people go whitewater
rafting who cannot swim.
Will I get wet?
There will be lots of big splashes and you will get wet!
Just wear clothes that you can get wet in, and enjoy the fun and excitement.
What should I wear?
Wear clothes that you can get wet in. Shorts and T-shirts
are popular options. Many people wear bathing suits underneath. Lightweight
clothing that will dry quickly is best. Don't wear blue jeans or jogging suits
as they are cotton and become heavy when wet, and they dry slowly. Wear shoes
that stay on your feet. River shoes are great, tennis shoes are OK. Don't wear
flip-flop or thong type sandals as they will come off your feet.
What should I bring?
Bring a dry change of clothes and shoes, and a towel. You
may want to bring sunscreen. If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, you should
have an eyeglass retainer. (We sell sunscreen and eyeglass retainers at the
rafting outpost building)
Do you raft in the rain?
Trips run rain or shine. We have splash wear (nylon type
rain suits) that you can wear at no additional cost, or you can bring rain
jackets of your own for rainy weather rafting. Rafting in the rain is fun
Do you take photos of the rafting?
We have a professional photographer that will take multiple
photos of your raft as it goes through the most popular whitewater section of
the river. You can get a CD disk with all your photos so you can 'remember the
Do you provide transportation to and from the river?
We provide transportation to and from the river from our outpost.
Should I make a reservation for rafting on the Ocoee
We recommend reservations for the Ocoee River whitewater
rafting. It is the only way to be sure you will get the trip you want on the
date and time you prefer. The best way to make the most of your vacation time
is by having reservations for all your activities so your space is guaranteed.
Calling us for a reservation will secure your place on the trip and we will
have your equipment ready to go! Reserve online by completing the RAFTING
RESERVATION FORM, or reserve any of the activities or lodging by telephone by
calling 800-468-7238 or 828-488-6345.
How soon should I make reservations for the
As soon as you know for sure the date that you want to do
the rafting or other activities, we recommend that you call us for
reservations. We often have early booking discounts available either online or
by telephone that will save you money. Space in the most popular season
sometimes books out, so reserve as soon as you know when you want to go.
What other activities can I do in addition to rafting on
the Ocoee River?
For more family fun, we can reserve another day of rafting
on the Nantahala River in addition to rafting on the Ocoee. We can reserve
gemstone mining at Nantahala River Gem Mine, horseback riding in the scenic
backcountry of the Nantahala Gorge, a zip-line canopy tour of the Nantahala
National Forest, and a scenic train tour on Great Smoky Mountains Railway. Ask
us to reserve any or all of the above fun and exciting vacation adventures.
Is the Ocoee River family friendly?
The Ocoee River is a family friendly river and allows
whitewater rafting for children as young as 12 years old.
Is the Ocoee River a good trip for groups?
The Ocoee River is an excellent rafting choice for groups.
It is popular with family groups, church groups, boy scouts, girl scouts, and
corporate retreats. The river has fun and exciting World-Class whitewater but
does not require previous experience.
Where is the Ocoee River located?
The Ocoee River is located in East Tennessee, just about an
hour west of the Nantahala River in Western North Carolina. It is convenient to
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is convenient to Atlanta, GA,
Chattanooga, Nashville, and Knoxville TN, Asheville and Charlotte, NC, and
Greenville and Spartanburg, SC.
What is your cancellation policy?
We have made our cancellation policy as lenient as we can
make it for the convenience of our guests. Please familiarize yourself with
OUR CANCELLATION POLICY so that you can operate
within its guidelines.
Is there risk involved in rafting?
There are inherent risks in whitewater rafting. You must
sign a liability release waiver and raft at your own risk.
Why should I raft with Carolina-Ocoee Rafting?
Carolina Ocoee rafting has 20 years of outfitting experience
in whitewater rafting. Our main objective is for you have a safe and fun trip
so that you will return to raft with us again. We have excellent equipment, a
knowledgeable and friendly staff, comfortable outfitter outpost facilities,
comfortable buses and vans for transportation to and from the river,
professional photographers to capture your rafting fun, and we guarantee the
best price on the river.
HELPFUL OCOEE RAFTING