Whitewater Rafting Trips Near Nashville TN

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If whitewater rafting has been on your bucket list, you’re in luck because Tennessee is home to the most visited whitewater rafting destination in the USA, the Ocoee River. Whether you are looking to take a day trip or book a weekend getaway, it is an easy drive from Nashville to America’s most popular whitewater river. The 1996 Olympics Whitewater Competition was held on the Upper Ocoee, with the riverbed having been intentionally altered to create more powerful rapids. If you are an experienced rafter or VIP Trip, you will definitely want to raft this section of the river for a thrilling adventure. For a less extreme, but still exciting rafting experience, the Middle Ocoee is a great option. The Middle Ocoee is considered a half-day trip and is a continuous combination of Class II and Class III rapids. On our full-day rafting trip, visitors can raft both the Upper and Middle Ocoee. We have been rafting this river for over 40 years at Ocoee Inn Rafting, so if you’ve been looking for a whitewater adventure, look no further.

Nashville may be known as “Music City”, but there is more to the area than just music. If you are into the music scene, you might spend a day seeing a show at The Grand Ole Opry or touring The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. You can also expect to find vibrant nightlife in downtown Nashville like live music, good food, great drinks, and all of the above on Honky Tonk Highway. If you want a chance to get away from the buzz of the city, there are an abundance of outdoor activities in and around the Ocoee River and the Cherokee National Forest such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and ziplining. Whitewater rafting is just one of many adventures that takes you into the beautiful nature outside of the city.

Whether you live in Nashville and need a getaway trip that isn’t too far from home, or you are visiting the Nashville area, keep the Ocoee River on your radar. Stay overnight at Lake Ocoee Inn and Marina to be steps from the water right when you wake up. There are plenty of outdoor activities to do either on the river or in the Cherokee National Forest to make it well worth your stay.

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Half Day Rafting Trips

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Full Day Rafting Trips

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Group Rafting Trips

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VIP Trips

Driving Directions from Nashville

The easiest way to get directions from Nashville is by clicking on this link: Get directions for your whitewater trip at Ocoee Inn Rafting

Downtown Nashville to Ocoee Inn Rafting

via I-24 E, I-75 N and US-64 E/US-74 E
With typical traffic approximately 2 hours 47 minutes – 177 miles

  • From James Robertson Parkway take I-24 East – 1.3 miles
  • Follow I-24 East and I-75 North to US-74 East in Bradley County. – 156 miles
  • Take EXIT 20. – 0.24 miles
  • Turn slight right onto US-74. – 6.38 miles
  • Take the US-64 Bypass/US-74 exit. – 0.4 miles
  • Merge onto US-64. – 12.97 miles