The Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains
A Whitewater Playground!

White Water Rafting in the South

From the Gauley River and New River Gorge in West Virginia, to the Nantahala, Ocoee and Chatooga rivers in the heart of the Great Smokies and Blue Ridge mountains, there are more options for white water rafting in the south than you can shake a stick (er, uh paddle) at!

These rivers are a whitewater rafting playground for many, many outdoor enthusiasts. Beyond the whitewater, there are canopy zipline tours, Jeep tours, and lodging accommodations provided by the outfitters in this region, that make it very easy to simply get away from the city. Even though there are only day-rafting trips available in these east coast states, there is plenty to do and see here to draw vacationers in from all over.

Several of these rivers have been center stage to Olympic whitewater competitions over the years, and played starring roles in commercials and movies. These rivers are an American classic. Ready to play?

Outfitters & Guides in the Southeast