East Tennessee Whitewater

A late spring excursion awaits, just a few hours from home.

Some of the best whitewater in the country is right here in East Tennessee. Indeed, four great rivers for whitewater adventures are easy day trips from Knoxville. The Pigeon River near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge; The Ocoee River east of Cleveland, (site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater course); the Watauga River near Elizabethton; and the Nantahala River just across the border in North Carolina.

High time for whitewater is May through September. Whether your jam is kayaking, canoeing, rafting, or tubing, the region has you covered. Prepare for adventure, and prepare to get wet.

Outfitters

River Sports Outfitters
Knoxville, TN
riversportsoutfitters.com

Rock Creek Outfitters
Chattanooga, TN
rockcreek.com

Uncle Lem’s Outfitters
Knoxville, TN
unclelems.com

Pigeon River

River John’s Outfitters
Townsend, TN
riverjohns.com

Rapid Expeditions
Hartford, TN
rapidexpeditions.com

Nantahala River

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Multiple locations in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee
noc.com

Ocoee River

Cascade Outdoors
Ocoee, TN
cascadeoutdoors.com

Raft One
Ducktown, TN
raft1.com

Watauga River

Watauga Kayak
Elizabethton, TN
wataugakayak.com

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