The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is the Southeast’s iconic river rafting adventure, rich in natural beauty and acclaimed rapids. Bordered by both South Carolina and Georgia, the river winds its way through dense national forests, with larger than life boulders, rock formations and dense flora and fauna.
Section III is the perfect trip for families and groups of any skill level with its exciting Class II-III rapids. NOC highly trained guides lead your raft through drops and rapids, with breaks for swimming and a riverside lunch. The trip finishes with a memorable grand finale, the famous Class IV Bull Sluice rapid.
Rated “#1 Thing Every Southerner Ought to Do” by Southern Living, this is a premier experience that your family will always remember.
- The Section III trip is ideal for beginners, groups or families with children eight years old and up.
- Expert guides will navigate you through a variety of Class I, II and III rapids with the option of taking on the grand finale Bull Sluice.
- Enjoy breaks throughout the day with swimming holes and a riverside lunch.
- The Chattooga River has been designated a wild and scenic river, giving paddlers untouched raw beauty and spectacular views throughout the entire trip.
What to Expect
This trip will last approximately 5-6 hours, with 4 hours on the river and the rest on trip preparation and riverside lunch.
Please check-in for your trip 30 minutes prior to your reservation at NOC’s Chattooga River Outpost near Clayton, GA. After a brief orientation and video, you’ll get geared up with pfds and paddles and load onto the big blue bus to shuttle to the river put in. Once in the raft, your experienced guide will walk you through the rafting lingo and what to expect. Then it’s down the river you go, paddling through bouncy waves, cool mountain water, and fun rapids, stopping halfway for a riverside lunch and walk to the falls.
NOC provides all paddling equipment and pfds for this guided adventure.
- Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
- Wet Suits & Splash Gear (by request)
Dress in clothes that can get wet, and wear shoes that will stay securely on your feet, with a back heel straps (flip flops are not recommended). Don’t forget dry clothes and shoes for after your trip. There are changing rooms available.
- Clothing/ to get wet
- Shoe type
- In cooler weather, avoid wearing heavy cottons; wear synthetics or wool instead.
*Please leave all personal belongings in your car, our guides will take your keys prior to the trip and hold them until your return.
All participants must be at least 8 years of age or older and capable of carrying rafts & gear 1/4 mile to and from the river on an inclined trail. While most of our guests have no prior experience, this is a strenuous trip that does require a spirited sense of adventure. It is not recommended for those with a Body Mass Index greater than 40. For your safety, you must be an active and effective paddler in the raft, capable of acting on guide instructions.
All minors (17 and under) require the presence of an adult during whitewater rafting activities.
A deli-style lunch will be served riverside. Please bring a water bottle or purchase one in our outpost store.