We recently returned from our annual whitewater trip to the Ocoee River in eastern Tennessee (read Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River). For the last four years, we have stayed and ridden the river with Whitewater Express.
3 Reasons to Stay at Whitewater Express
1. Great lodging for the price.
We save money by purchasing a Living Social Escape Kit which cuts the cost in half of regular prices and has an open ended availability for 1 year. Here is a sample of the Whitewater Express offer through Living social. (see Living Social offer as of this writing here). Check for future offers by subscribing to Living Social.
- A Two-Night Stay for Two in a Deluxe Cabin at Ocoee Camp ($199)
- White-Water Rafting on the Ocoee River for Two
- Choice of Horseback Riding, Paintball, Mountain Bike Riding, or Treetop Ropes Course for Two
- Valid for Stays from October 6, 2016 to October 10, 2017
I don’t think I would call it a deluxe cabin, but the cabins have everything you would need for a short stay. They’re clean and the staff is quick to correct any issues.
2) Variety of Activities!
Amenities include a volleyball court with sand, Frisbee golf course, the blob (see video below), horseback riding, mountain bike trails, paintball, a ropes course, and hiking. With the Living Social offer, you can choose one additional guided activity in addition to the whitewater rafting (paintball, ropes or horseback riding). We usually go horseback riding, but others in our group have done the ropes course and had a great time.
In addition to the guided activities, you are free to participate in the other activities as much as you want. Personally, I enjoyed making a bonfire by the cabin and soaking up the gorgeous fall weather. Joe, on the other hand, spent hours on his mountain bike, exploring the nearby Cherokee National Forest (read Why You Should Ride the Tanasi Mountain Bike Trails).
3. Rafting the Ocoee
Of course the number one reason outdoor enthusiasts flock to this area is to raft the famed Ocoee River. It is the most commercially rafted river in the United States. Home to the 1996 Olympic canoeing and kayaking events, it is sure to give even experienced rafters a thrill. It has 20 back-to-back category III & IV rapids in a five mile stretch. It is not recommended that you try and raft or kayak it without a guide unless you are very experienced. With a guide, you’ll have quite the ride!
See the video from our rafting trip!
Have you ever tried whitewater rafting or ever wanted to try? Please share by commenting below!
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