to many people until the movies "Deliverence"
in 1972, the Chattooga was designated a Wild and Scenic
River shortly after in 1974. The Chattooga offers the
full range of difficulty from which to choose. No bystanders
are permitted hereyou must be prepared for physical
exertion on these trips.
French Broad River is about 25 miles north of Asheville,
North Carolina and offers easy to moderately challenging
(Class II-III) trips. Trips can be guide-assisted or
not, depending on your experience or desire.
Nantahala is one of the most popular choices because
it offers a great experience for beginners and "old
pros" alike. The heart-pounding rush through Nantahala
Gorge and Nantahala Falls (Class III) is memorable.
The Nantahala is just south of the Great Smoky Mountains
boulders and one of the deepest canyons in the East
highlight this water trip through the Pisgah and Cherokee
Ocoee, east of Franklin, Tennessee, was site of the
1996 Olympic whitewater eventsso you know this
isnt your grandmothers excitement. Class
III-IV action can be expected.
lower section of the Pigeon River offers Class II and
III rapids and guide-assisted trips are ideal for kids
as young as 6 up to seniors.
in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, the Upper Pigeon
River offers approximately 5 miles of Class III and
IV rapids are convenient to every other Smokies area
are numerous outfitters from which to choose, and the
services they offer and experience can run the gamut.
All equipment, meals, and guides are available with
some companies. Ask questions and make your selection
carefully, because your river adventures success
might depend on your choice! Rememberwe want you
to come back.
Raft http://www.usaraft.com or call 1-800-USA-RAFT
Outdoor Center http://www.nocweb.com or call
Wildwater Rafting http://www.wildwaterrafting.com
or call 1-800-451-9972
Cherokee Adventures, Inc. Call 865-743-7733
Rafting in the Smokies P.O. Box 592 Gatlinburg
TN 37738 or call 865-436-5008
Rip Roaring Adventures 1-800-449-RAFT
Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited 1-800-771-RAFT