Fall foliage with a blue overlay

Rafting Near Me

Whitewater Rafting in the Southeast

As industry leaders in outdoor adventure, Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) offers exhilarating whitewater rafting experiences and adventures on multiple rivers throughout the Southeast, catering to adventurers of all skill levels. Whether seeking a serene float trip or heart-pounding Class IV rapids, we have the perfect excursion for you!


Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala river - rafting near me

Nantahala River - Bryson City NC

Discover our flagship campus nestled along the stunning Nantahala River, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Spanning 500 acres of pure adventure, our guests can immerse themselves in a variety of activities. From family-friendly guided rafting trips on exciting yet manageable rapids to ducky rentals, aerial adventures, and mountain biking, there’s something for everyone. After your adventure, indulge in delicious onsite dining options, gear up at our Outfitter’s store, and unwind in our mountainside lodging for a truly unforgettable experience.

Age Minimums & Requirements:

  • Guided Rafting 7+ / 60lbs
  • Mountain Top Zip Line 10+ / 100lbs
  • Zip Line Adventure Park 6+ / 60lbs


Nantahala River, North Carolina, USA

Nantahala Outdoor Center
Whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River - rafting near me

Pigeon River - Hartford TN

Conveniently located near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the Pigeon River awaits! Explore two distinct sections offering different levels of excitement. The Lower Pigeon provides a tranquil experience perfect for families or those seeking a leisurely float. Meanwhile, the Upper Pigeon boasts Class III rapids and breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains, making it the perfect addition to your Smokies getaway!

Age Requirements:

  • Lower Pigeon – 3+ Years of Age
  • Upper Pigeon – 8+ Years of Age


Pigeon River, United States

Pigeon River
Whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River - Rafting near me

Chattooga River - Mountain Rest SC

Adventure awaits on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River, renowned as the Southeast’s premier whitewater destination. Protected by federal designation, this river offers unparalleled wilderness scenery. Join our seasoned guides for two thrilling rafting trips: Section IV offers adrenaline-pumping Class IV-V rapids and a riverside lunch, while Section III caters to families with Class II-III rapids, providing plenty of relaxation and enjoyment opportunities.

Age Requirements:

  • Section III – 8+ Years of Age
  • Section IV – 12+ Years of Age


Chattooga River, United States

Chattooga River
Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee river - Rafting near me

Ocoee River - Benton TN

Calling all adrenaline enthusiasts! The Ocoee River promises big waves and non-stop whitewater action in Eastern Tennessee. Conveniently located near Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, it’s the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. The Middle Ocoee, known as “America’s most popular river trip,” offers a half-day excursion featuring five miles of intense Class III rapids. Opt for the full-day adventure to tackle an additional five miles of thrilling Class III and IV rapids, including a run down the iconic 1996 Olympic whitewater slalom course.

Age Requirements:

  • Middle Ocoee – 12+ Years of Age
  • Ocoee Combo & High Adventure – 13+ Years of Age


Ocoee River, Tennessee, USA

Ocoee River
Whitewater rafting on the French Broad river - Rafting near me

French Broad River - Marshall NC

No visit to Asheville, North Carolina is complete without a rafting adventure on the legendary French Broad River. Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, this ancient river boasts warm waters, stunning mountain vistas, and exciting Class II and III rapids. Choose from NOC’s half-day or full-day trips, both offering exhilarating whitewater runs and a mouthwatering riverside lunch.

Age Requirements: 8+ Years of Age


French Broad River, United States

French Broad River
Tubing on the Chattahoochee river - Rafting near me

Chattahoochee River - Atlanta GA

Escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Chattahoochee River. With multiple outpost locations, including Roswell’s Azalea Park and Metro Atlanta in Sandy Springs, exploring this scenic waterway has never been easier. Whether you prefer tubing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or canoeing, NOC guarantees an unforgettable experience. Plus, our Roswell outpost offers bike and e-bike rentals for leisurely rides through Azalea Park.


Chattahoochee, GA, USA

Chattahoochee River
Live Chat