Saturday, August 28, 2010

White Water Rafting in Tennessee


OCOEE RIVER – PIGEON RIVER trip_tenn_river Top Tennessee white water rafting trips can be found on the Pigeon River and on the Middle and Upper Ocoee Rivers.
The Ocoee River is located one hour north of Atlanta, Georgia and is one of the most popular rivers east of the Mississippi. The Ocoee River is a dam controlled river with scheduled releases from March to November. Divided into two runs, the UpperOcoeeRiver’s “Olympic Run” (Class IV+) offers white water rafting thrills for more advanced rafters while the Middle Section (Class III-IV) is ideal for beginner to intermediate rafters.
The Pigeon River is located just outside of Smokey Mountain National Park and forms the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The Pigeon River is mostly Class III (beginner) with a couple of Class IV rapids and is an increasingly popular whitewater rafting destination for beginner to intermediate rafting enthusiasts.

White Water Rafting in West Virginia


West Virginia white water rafting trips on the New River are fun for all ages and abilities. The Gauley River is a thrill seeker’s dream come true. West Virginia’s rivers, which are within a one-day drive of half the US population, offer terrific choices for whitewater rafting from family rafting adventures on the Upper New River to the famous whitewater challenges of the Lower New River Gorge , Lower Gauley and world class Upper Gauley River sections.
Over 2,000 miles of rivers and streams flowing out of the lush Appalachian Mountains make the Gauley River and the New River the ultimate year round playground for whitewater rafters.
The New River offers rafting trips appropriate for families and a wide range of rafting enthusiasts from early spring until late fall; with rapids ranging from class I-III on the Upper New, and class II-V on the Lower New River Gorge.
The Gauley River in West Virginia is world renowned for being one of the world's top ten whitewater rafting destinations. The annual fall water release of the Summersville Dam creates high flows up to 2800 cubic feet per second with the Gauley dropping 650 feet over 26 miles and featuring steep drops, massive holes and big waves. Technically demanding, the Lower Gauley River section combines big waves and drops and is the next logical choice after rafting the Lower New. The Upper Gauley is big and technical. Rapids like Insignificant, Pillow, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring and Sweet’s Falls drop15 to 35 feet in less than a ¼ mile and are rated class V+.