Chattooga River Rafting: Section IV (with Lunch)

Distance: 6-7 Miles

Duration: 5-6 Hours

Price: $120 - $150

Age: 12+ Years View Additional Requirements

Intensity: Advanced

This is it, the South’s definitive whitewater rafting experience located conveniently between Georgia and South Carolina. So rich in natural beauty, river running lore and iconic rapids, Southern Living ranks Chattooga River rafting the “#1 Thing Every Southerner Ought to Do.” Section IV, the river’s high-adventure section, boasts Seven-Foot Falls, Raven’s Chute Rapid, and the famous Five Falls—where five Class IV-V rapids unfold in 1/3 of a river mile. NOC’s elite Chattooga team guides you through the rapids, provides a memorable riverside lunch and walks you to the base of majestic Long Creek Falls. This adventure is one of the best values for rafting around!

NOC provides all the necessary gear and equipment.

Additional Requirements

Because of the wilderness nature of the Chattooga, guests must be at least 12 years of age or older and capable of carrying rafts & gear 1/4 mile to and from the river on an inclined trail. We don’t recommend it if you have a Body Mass Index greater than 40. While most of our guests have no prior experience, this is a strenuous trip that does require a spirited sense of adventure. For your safety, you must be an active and effective paddler in the raft, capable of acting on guide instructions. If you have questions about the requirements on the Chattooga, please call our Guest Services office or Contact Us.

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Outpost Overview

NOC's Chattooga Outpost is located on Chattooga Ridge Road, near Mountain Rest, SC, and Clayton, GA. Shady, welcoming, and peaceful, the garden setting of this outpost is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable guides. It's the perfect place to begin your adventure on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga. Chattooga rafting is without a doubt the Southeast's premier whitewater adventure, delivering breathtaking scenery and treasured whitewater in an unmatched wilderness setting between South Carolina and Georgia. 

Onsite facilities include: 

  • Clean restrooms
  • Private changing facilities
  • Hot showers
  • Picnic tables
  • Outpost store with t-shirts, snacks, drinks, sunblock, and other sundries
  • Digital slideshow of your rafting trip


Nantahala Outdoor Center's Chattooga River Outpost is centrally located between South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Due to the winding nature of mountain roads, please double-check your route and plan for extra-drive time.

From Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. Near Gainesville, take 365 North to US 441 North into Clayton, GA. Turn right onto US 76 East, and after eight miles you will cross the Chattooga River and cross into South Carolina. Continue 2.1 miles, and turn left onto Chattooga Ridge Road. NOC's Chattooga meeting place is 2.6 miles on the right.

From Greenville, SC: Look for the Clemson Hwy 76 West exit off I-85 South. Follow it to Clemson and turn left onto Hwy 76/123. Stay on 76/123 towards Seneca and then Westminster, SC. Then follow directions from Westminster.

From Highlands, NC: Take Hwy 106 West (towards Dillard, GA) to US 441, about 14 miles. Turn left onto US 441 South towards Clayton, GA, approximately seven miles. Then follow directions from Clayton, GA below.

From Clayton, GA: Turn onto US 76 EAST at the Walgreen's Pharmacy (across the street from McDonald's). After eight miles you will cross the Chattooga River, into South Carolina. Continue 2.1 miles and turn left onto Chattooga Ridge Road. NOC's Chattooga meeting place is 2.6 miles on the right.

From Westminster, SC: Take US 76 West towards Clayton, GA. Go 15.7 miles and turn right onto Chattooga Ridge Road, at the sign for Oconee State Park. If you cross the SC/GA state line, you missed your turn. NOC's Chattooga meeting place is on the right, 2.6 miles after the turn.

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