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.
River Sports Outfitters
Rock Creek Outfitters
Uncle Lem’s Outfitters
River John’s Outfitters
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Multiple locations in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee