Cheoah River

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. 

If you're looking for a Smoky Mountain rafting adventure of a lifetime, join NOC on the Cheoah. Due to a very limited release schedule, the Cheoah is only available to raft 16 days per year. Book early as space is limited and tends to fill well in advance.  Rafting dates are:

Saturday, March 15 Saturday, May 17
Sunday, March 16 Sunday, May 18
Saturday, April 12 Saturday, May 24
Sunday, April 13 Sunday, May 25
Saturday, April 26 Saturday, June 28
Sunday, April 27 Sunday, June 29
Saturday, May 3 Saturday, August 30
Sunday, May 4 Saturday, November 1

Cheoah River Rafting: Half-Day Deluxe (with Lunch)

Distance: 9 Miles

Duration: 4.5 Hours

Price: $189.99

Age: 16+ Years

Intensity: Advanced

Experience the most difficult whitewater in the Southeast with a cookout-style meal on Lake Santeetlah to celebrate after the trip. Learn More

Cheoah River Rafting: Half-Day

Distance: 9 Miles

Duration: 4 Hours

Price: $169.99

Age: 16+ Years

Intensity: Advanced

9-miles of the toughest and most exhilarating whitewater you’ll ever paddle. This is the South’s most difficult commercial rafting trip. Learn More