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Ocoee River / Whitewater Center

Ocoee River / Whitewater Center

ready for some whitewater

The Ocoee River is known as one of the best whitewater rafting destinations. We have plenty of outfitters to help you on your next adventure as well as kayak and fishing guides.

Ocoee River
Ocoee, TN 37361
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Site of the 1996 Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Races, the Ocoee River hosts several whitewater events each year. Commercial river outfitters offer expert guides to help you capture the excitement of the Class III and Class IV rapids. Whitewater enthusiasts can now take guided trips on the Olympic Race Channel, located at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Check with the Tennessee Overhill for water schedules, or contact the Ocoee-Hiwassee Ranger Station.

Floating, canoeing and rafting constitute the major attraction for both the Hiwassee and Ocoee Rivers. Based on the International Scale of River Difficulty, the rivers have Class I, II, III, IV and V rapids. While both locations are exceptional white water settings, users should be aware that even placid looking streams are potentially hazardous for those unskilled and unfamiliar with the basic techniques of floating or water safety.

Plan your adventure

Ocoee River Outfitters

Adventures Unlimited – 423-338-4325 –
Big Frog Expeditions –
Cherokee Rafting –
Cascade Outdoors –
Eagle Adventure Company –
High Country Adventures –
Nantahala Outdoor Expedition –
Ocoee Adventure Center – 800-627-7636
Ocoee Adventure Rafting –
Ocoee Outdoors –
Ocoee Rafting –
Ocoee River Rats –
Outland Expeditions –
Quest Expeditions –
Raft One –
Rolling Thunder River Co –
Sunburst Adventures –
Whitewater Express –
Wildwater LTD. –

Kayak Instruction

Ocoee Adventure Center – 800-627-7636 –

What People Are Saying


Road trip

Linda, NC.

This was a very beautiful drive. It had a lot of overlooks and the trees were very beautiful. We also rode over to Joyce Kilmer Forest. This was a very nice hike and was amazing to see all the older trees. I would advise to take a bathroom break before the trip across the mountain.

Unbelievable beauty

dbauman, TN

Incredible drive through the Cherokee National Forest. Lots of hiking, waterfalls and mountain streams. Areas of the skyway are rather curvy, so beware. Some like to speed through this area either in road rally’s or on motorcycle. Have seen several severe accidents. A MUST visit for all the beauty!

Gorgeous views

Mike, AL.

We were surprised at how beautiful this route is. Sadly, our trip was cut short from annual undergrowth burning. We will definitely come back this way.

Awesome road and view


Nice smooth road that’s a lot of fun with beautiful sights. There’s plenty of pull offs for photos and small hikes and it makes a really nice scenic drive.


Bruce, MS.

We were in town to view the fall foliage. We hit it just right. This drive is magnificent. Several viewing sights along the way. Take advantage of all if possible.

See For Yourself

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Places to stay near here


The Tennessee Overhill region covers several areas that are full of wonderful places to stay. No matter where you end up, you can rest easy knowing days full of fun and adventure await!


Red Roof Inn

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