Extreme Adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains
Located near the remote western edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cheoah River is one of the most challenging and physically-demanding whitewater rafting rivers in the world. Unique in its features, white water rafting the Cheoah is the perfect challenge for our most adventurous guests.
For nine miles, the Cheoah roars through continuous Class IV-V rapids, towering waves, boiling holes, house-sized boulders, culminating with Bear Creek Falls, a dramatic twelve-foot waterfall. Dropping 150 feet per mile, the Cheoah is three times as steep as the Gauley or the infamous Section IV of the Chattooga. Nationally, only California's Cherry Creek and Colorado's Gore Canyon are comparable.
NOC's expert staff pioneered whitewater rafting on the Cheoah and we remain the Cheoah's largest outfitter. For your safety, NOC places two guides in each raft and we require all guests to have at minimum previous Class III whitewater experience, be strong swimmers and physically in good shape.
Due to a very limited release schedule, the Cheoah is only available to raft five days per year. Book early as space is limited and tends to fill well in advance. If you're looking for a Smoky Mountain rafting adventure of a lifetime, join NOC on the Cheoah.
Distance: 9 Miles
Duration: 4.5 Hours
Age: 16+ Years
Experience the most difficult whitewater in the Southeast with a cookout-style meal on Lake Santeetlah to celebrate after the trip. Learn More