SOUTHEASTERN TENNESSEE, USA—Rafting on the Ocoee River—Controlled by upstream reservoirs, the Ocoee River provides fun for beginner rafters in Tennessee who want a challenge, and adventurous rafters who want something different. In fact, the Upper Ocoee River once hosted a whitewater rafting competition in the Olympics.
About this Whitewater Rafting Trip
Two whitewater rafting options await you on the Ocoee River. First, the Middle Ocoee Run, featuring class III and class IV rapids. This part of the river is a pool-drop river, meaning there will be intense rapids followed by periods of calm. There are more than twenty rapids, including the Broken Nose, the Double Suck, and the Hell Hole—so if you’re not scared away by that, you’ll want to give the Middle Ocoee Run a try! The Middle Ocoee runs from March to November.
The second run is on the Upper Ocoee River, and is often called the Olympic run, as it was the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater competitions. Featuring several class IV+ rapids such as Let’s Make a Deal, Humongous, and Slam Dunk, you won’t be able to escape having fun. Rafting on the Upper Ocoee is governed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and water is released on specific weekends from June to August.
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Meghan explains how to survive the crowds during the busiest part of whitewater rafting season on the Ocoee River.
Whitewater rafting down the Olympic Section of the Ocoee River in Tennessee is the whitewater trip of a lifetime.
Meghan continues her ranking of the difficulty of whitewater rafting rivers in the Southeast United States.