Whitewater Rafting

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21 August, 2018 By Steve Wike


Cool River Tubing Company (Map)
590 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA 30545 | Phone: 706-878-2665
Cool River Tubing offers a long ride (2 - 2.5 hours) and a short ride (1 - 1.5 hours) on tubes with and without bottoms. (All kid-sized tubes, recommended for ages 12 and under, have bottoms.) Cool River Adventures also offers ziplines, aerial adventure courses, a climbing wall, water slide, café (serving pizza, sandwiches, and ice-cream), dressing rooms, and a T-shirt and gift shop.


Whitewater Express
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 201, Decatur, GA 30033 | Phone: 800-676-7238 (Map)

Whitewater Express Rafting Adventures

Whitewater Express has guided over one million people since 1980 and guides over 1000 youth groups through high adventure each year. Whitewater Express locations:
Columbus: 1000 Bay Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901 | Phone 706-321-4720 (Map)
Ocoee: 703 Golf Course Road, Copperhill, TN 37317 | Phone 423-496-9126 (Map)
Nantahala: 19355 US Highway 19, Andrews, NC 28901 | Phone 828-321-5752 (Map)



Green River Adventures Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking, Saluda, NC

Green River Adventures (Map)
111 East Main Street  Saluda, NC 28773 | Phone: 828-749-2800
Green River Adventures and outfitters offers kayaking instruction, guided hikes to waterfalls and swimming holes, stand-up and paddle board rentals, trips on the Green River, a 200-ft. waterfall rappel, and more.


Edge of the World Guided Trips (Map)
394 Shawneehaw Avenue, Banner Elk, NC 28604 | Phone: 828-898-9550

Edge of the World Whitewater Rafting, Banner Elk, NC

Edge of the World offers safe guided tours for the whole family, including whitewater rafting trips on the Watauga River, kayaking, rock climbing, and rappelling.


Blue Heron Whitewater (Map)
35 Little Pine Rd, Marshall, NC 28753 | Phone: 888-426-7238

Blue Heron Whitewater Rafting

Blue Heron Whitewater is the closest French Broad River whitewater rafting outfitter to Asheville, NC; only 22 miles northwest of Asheville on highway 25/70 near Marshall, NC. Blue Heron offers a variety of white water and float trips on the French Broad River.


Rolling Thunder River Company (Map)
10160 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone: 828-488-2030

Rolling Thunder River Company, Bryson City, NC

Rolling Thunder River Company offers whitewater rafting (as well as gentle float trips) on the Ocoee, Nantahala and Toccoa Rivers. Choose from guide-in-raft, guide assisted, or non-guided trips. Rolling Thunder has entertained almost half a million guests on scenic rivers.


Wildwater Adventure Centers
See website for locations. Toll-free: 866-319-8870

Wildwater Rafting and Adventure Centers

Wildwater has five Adventure Center locations in North Carolina, Tennessee, North Georgia, and Upstate South Carolina, and they have been providing high quality experiences on adventure rafting trips since 1971. Wildwater offers several levels of rafting, from easy to advanced, on the Pigeon, Ocoee, Chattooga and Nantahala Rivers.


Wahoo's Adventures (Map)
P.O. Box 3094, Boone, NC 28607 | Phone: 828-262-5774

Wahoos! Rafting and Adventures, Boone, NC

Wahoo's Adventures provides whitewater rafting trips, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, mountain biking, and cave exploring.


Endless River Adventures (Map)
14157 Hwy. 19/74 West, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone: 828-488-6199

Endless River Adventures, Bryson City, NC

Endless River Adventures offers whitewater rafting tours and kayaking instruction on your choice of three rivers: the Class II-III Nantahala River, the Class III-IV Ocoee River, and the Class IV+ Cheoah River. Endless River Adventures also offers guided fly fishing trips.


Appalachian Rivers Outdoor Recreation (Map)
Highway 19, Topton, NC 28781 | Phone: 800-330-1999

Appalachian Rivers Outdoor Adventures, Tipton, NC

Appalachian Rivers whitewater rafting company has been providing guided and unguided rafting excursions on the Nantahala River since 1979. They have a reputation for their reliable, competent service both on and off the river, quality equipment, and reasonable rates for individuals and groups.


Asheville Outdoor Center (Map)
521 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC 28806 | Phone: 828-232-1970

Asheville Outdoor Center

Asheville Outdoor Center offers family-friendly quiet-water float trips on the French Broad River with canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes, and stand-up paddle boards. Asheville Outdoor Center also offers bicycle rentals and gem mining.


Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground (Map)
1090 West Deep Creek Road, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone: 828-488-6055

Deep Creek Tube Center and Campground, Bryson City, NC

Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground rents light-weight vinyl tubes for $5 (all day rental). Tubes are available at a discount to registered campers and groups. Life jackets are available for children. The camp store also sells creek shoes and other tubing accessories and souvenirs.


French Broad Rafting Expeditions (Map)
9800 U.S. Hwy 25-70, Marshall, NC 28753 | Phone: 800-570-7238

French Broad Rafting

French Broad Rafting Expedition can provide the adventure and excitement of whitewater rafting or the ease and relaxation of a calm water trip for you, your family, or your group.


Nantahala Outdoor Center (Map)
13077 Hwy. 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone: 828-785-4834

Nantahala Outdoor Center NOC Whitewater Rafting, WNC

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) provides white water rafting trips and kayaking on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Chattooga, Cheoah, Pigeon, French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers. NOC also provides zip line thrills and other outdoor activities.


Paddle Inn Rafting Company (Map)
14611 Highway 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713 | Phone: 828-488-9651

PaddleInn Rafting Company

Paddle Inn is a family owned rafting company on the Nantahala River offering fully-guided, guide-assisted and "be your own boss" self-guided white water rafting rental trips for all ages.


Smoky Mountain River Adventures aka Rafting With My Kids
5427 Hwy. 74 West, Whittier, NC 28789 | Phone: 828-586-3510

Smoky Mountain River Adventures aka Rafting With My Kids

Rafting With My Kids is a family whitewater rafting company that serves both younger and older kids and their families.


River and Earth Adventures (Map)
1655 Hwy. 105, Boone, NC 28692 | Phone: 828-963-5491

Riverand Earth Adventures Whitewater Rafting

River and Earth Adventures offers whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, hiking and caving in the Boone and Asheville areas.


Zen Tubing (Map)
1648 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 | Phone: 855-936-8823

Zen Tubing, Asheville, North Carolina

Zen Tubing offers river tubing trips in Asheville, NC. No reservation necessary (large groups please call ahead). Group rates available.



USA Raft & Mountain River Guides (Map)
2 Jones Branch Road, Erwin, TN 37650 | Phone: 423-743-7111

USA Raft Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Centers

USA Raft offers whitewater rafting and kayaking in North Carolina and Tennessee on the French Broad River, Nantahala River, Nolichuky River, and Watauga River.


Cherokee Adventures (Map)
2000 Jonesborough Road, Erwin, TN 37650 | Phone: 423-743-7733

Cherokee Adventures Whitewater Rafting

Cherokee Adventures has been providing guided whitewater rafting trips since 1979 on the Nolichucky, Watauga, Holston and French Broad Rivers. They also offer Funyaks, riverside camping, mountain-biking tours, ropes courses, and other adventures.



Ace Adventure Resort (Map)
1 Concho Road, Minden, WV 25879 | Phone: 877-787-3982

Ace Adventure Resort Whitewater Rafting

Ace Adventure Resort is a 1,500-acre resort offering rafting, kayaking, climbing and rappelling, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, caving, water slides, zip lines, inflatable toys, lodging, dining, a sandy beach on their spring-fed mountain lake, and more.


Adventures on the Gorge (Map)
219 Chestnutburg Road, Lansing, WV 25862 | Phone: 855-379-8738

Adventures on the Gorge - New River Gorge and Gauley River Whitewater Rafting

Adventures on the Gorge offers exciting daytime and overnight excursions of whitewater rafting (class II-VI) on the New River, Gauley River, and Glade Creek. Adventures on the Gorge is an adventure resort and tavern that also offers ATV tours, caving, horseback rides, kayaking, zip line and aerial adventures, climbing and rappelling, fishing, paintball, mountain biking and more.


Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (Map)
37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132 | Phone: 540-668-9007

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center offers whitewater rafting, tubing, zip lines, ropes course, kayaking and canoeing.


New & Gauley River Adventures (Map)
115 Oscar White Rd, Lansing, WV 25862 | Phone: 304-574-3008

New and Gauley River Adventures

New River and Gauley River Adventures is an experienced, family-owned (for more than 30 years) whitewater rafting company that offers a personal touch with their outdoor adventures. In addition to hourly and overnight rafting excursions, New Gauley River Adventures offers luxurious cabins, rustic campsites, home-cooked meals at the Undercut Pub & Grill, horseback rides, and fishing. And in the winter they offer horse-drawn sleigh rides and skiing and and snowboarding at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.


River Expeditions (Map)
900 Broadway Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901 | Phone: 304-574-2827

River Expeditions Whitewater Rafting and Adventures

River Expeditions is a family owned and operated adventure resort offering personal service and hospitality that only a family can bring to a business. River Expeditions is the home of Rivers Resort, Extreme Expeditions, USA Raft and Appalachian Wildwaters, offering all-inclusive adventure packages including a zipline, diverse lodging options, dining, an outdoor pool, meeting space/conference room, and more.


River Riders, Inc. (Map)
408 Alstadts Hill Road, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 | Phone: 304-535-2663

River Riders Whitewater Rafting and Tubing

River Riders is only 1 ½ hours from Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC, in Harpers Ferry, WV, on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. River Riders offers rafting, tubing, kayaking, biking, canoeing, an aerial adventure park, and a zip line canopy tour.


Written by

Steve Wike

Steve Wike launched BlueRidgeTravelGuide.com in 2008 - now a leading online travel resource. He also published the Blue Ridge Travel Guide coffee table book with hundreds of breathtaking photos by professional photographers - over 40,000 in print!

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