OCOEE RIVER – PIGEON RIVER
Top Tennessee white water rafting trips can be found on the Pigeon River and on the Middle and Upper Ocoee Rivers.
The Ocoee River is located one hour north of Atlanta, Georgia and is one of the most popular rivers east of the Mississippi. The Ocoee River is a dam controlled river with scheduled releases from March to November. Divided into two runs, the UpperOcoeeRiver’s “Olympic Run” (Class IV+) offers white water rafting thrills for more advanced rafters while the Middle Section (Class III-IV) is ideal for beginner to intermediate rafters.
The Pigeon River is located just outside of Smokey Mountain National Park and forms the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The Pigeon River is mostly Class III (beginner) with a couple of Class IV rapids and is an increasingly popular whitewater rafting destination for beginner to intermediate rafting enthusiasts.
The Upper Ocoee is a perfect half-day trip for experts, novices, family groups, and recreation clubs. Dry prior to the Olympics, the Upper Ocoee has once again come alive. This section features the Olympic Whitewater course plus five miles of exciting whitewater. Releases on the Upper are limited to certain weekends.
Wooded and tree based canopy tour with 9 zip line sections and three swinging sky bridges that highlight the vast history and beauty of this once barren landscape. Canopy Rangers will share both the history and the wonder of the recovery of this area from red clay back to deep green forest.
This 12 zipline canopy tour takes visitors deep into the Smoky Mountain Creek Gorge exposing a lush forest of ferns, wildflowers, towering trees, rock cliffs,cascading waterfalls, and moss covered bolder gardens.