Cherokee Rafting
River Rafting & Tubing • Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Cherokee Rafting was one of the first companies to begin rafting the Ocoee River. Our company started in 1978 as a family-run operation, and still running strong today. Guests love our rough cut, hand-constructed outpost/store located along Hwy 64 just outside of the Cherokee National Forest and Chilhowee Mtn. Our goal is that every guest of Cherokee Rafting will leave with the desire to return with family and friends. We specialize in all sizes and types of groups, including: church youth and young-at-heart groups, association groups like scout troops and rotary clubs, in addition to business team-building groups. Come whitewater rafting today on the Ocoee river. Whitewater river rafting the Ocoee River is the number one whitewater destination in the United States.
Ocoee, Tennessee

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2022

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Jamie B
Bavaria, Germany4 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
The guides tell you exactly what to expect and how to maneuver everything to ensure everyone has a good time and also remain safe while doing so. Aaron has been our guide twice and he is very good. I would totally recommend Cherokee rafting in general if you want to try white water rafting and also I recommend Aaron as a guide but it did seem that all of their guides were good at what they do. We had enough people for two boats and the people in the other boat also had a good experience with Josh. We hope to go at least once per summer and will request Aaron again if he’s available.
Written September 10, 2020
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Aaron is an amazing guide! We are so happy to hear you had another great time with Cherokee Rafting! Can't wait to see you all again!
Written September 14, 2020
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coffeeyak
Milroy, IN14 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a great time going down the middle Ocoee with Cherokee rafting. Our group consisted of two 12 year olds that had not rafted before and my adult sister that was scared due to having a bad experience tubing on a river as a child. Wes, our guide, was awesome. He prepared us for each rapid and shared the history of the river with us. My sister overcame her fear and attributes it to his calm demeanor. Everyone that works there was absolutely wonderful from those that check you in, to the bus driver, guides, etc. The facilities were also very clean. We would definitely recommend Cherokee rafting especially for families!!!
Written July 6, 2021
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Lee W.
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Jun 2021
I have rafted the Ocoee River many times, but this was the first time that I had rafted it using Cherokee Rafting as the outfitter. I had met their new guide Laura two weeks before in Ocoee, TN and she had told me, very enthusiastically, that she had just finished guide school and would be working for Cherokee Rafting starting Memorial Day weekend. She was a very nice person and I jumped at the opportunity to help support a new guide just getting started. Two weeks later I got a quick trip together with friends and called Cherokee and requested Laura as our guide and I promise she didn't disappoint!! Although Laura is a new guide this season, she took great care of us and we had an absolute blast on our trip! One friend that went with us seemed a bit nervous about our trip before we even got to the outfitter, but she was all smiles while on the raft thanks to Laura! She was very informative regarding the history of the area (which I always enjoy hearing about) and she made sure that we had safe fun on the river. I will for sure use Cherokee Rafting and their awesome guide Laura again!!
Written June 7, 2021
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Lacey
7 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
First time rafting. Did the middle river trip. We had Dan as our guide and he was fantastic!! They go over all your safety instructions before you got on the bus, and another short intro to the instructions your guide will give you on the water when your get to the launch site. Many short stops down the river to make sure all the rafts make it safely across any rapid. Theres even a swimming section where you can all get off the rafts and enjoy the cool water and flow of the river. They take pictures and you can get all of them (about 30 pictures) for $30 on the middle trip. They get emailed directly to you. We will definetly be coming back!
Written August 15, 2021
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Filter
5 contributions
Aug 2021
Without a doubt, some of the best fun you're going to have in a long time. Kyle was our guide. He was outstanding! Not only was he knowledgeable about the river but he was a great tour guide. I could tell he was very well seasoned and also takes safety very seriously without being a drag. That's a talent! I was impressed at how he was able to get 6 people who are not expert rafters manage a raft through the river with relative ease. It looked like he was having a good time too. He was entertaining as well. Thanks for the great jokes and stories as well that kept the mood light. Would love to come back summer for the full river experience. Cherokee Rafting is a great outfit!
Written August 11, 2021
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pharath
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Apr 2022 • Family
Despite the water being cold,we had so much excitement and fun. Our guide, Travis, was very experienced and made my kids and I feel safe. We will definitely be going back in the summer when it is a little warmer outside. My kids can’t wait!
Written May 1, 2022
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Havasupai123
Atlanta, GA140 contributions
Aug 2021
In July, as part of a group, I did the five mile experience and enjoyed it so much I came back a few weeks alter to do the 10 mile experience with family.

It is so much fun, I highly recommend it for everyone except for people who have a prohibitive medical condition or people who are unwilling to follow the instructions of the guides.

Some of the things I liked best about it were just getting out in nature, the water temperature was perfect and the guides all did a great job for both of my experiences - both the guide in my raft and the other guides who were in other rafts that were part of our group. I love swimming holes so I especially liked the couple opportunities on our trip to just jump in the water and swim.

This activity is definitely on my list of things to do every year.
Written September 19, 2021
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AndyS782021
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Jul 2021 • Family
We have been rafting on the Ocoee now for 3 years. Originally used Cherokee due to a friend recommendation. Definitely was an excellent recommendation. The full day trip is excellent - experienced and professional guides, good quality safety equipment, team spirit/atmosphere. The lunch is very good and filling, even for a big guy like me. In and around the big rapids, the team is organized, there is always someone there for safety and to help out if you fall out or are tossed around, and the rafts stop after the rapid to make sure everyone is ok.

Cherokee isn't the cheapest way to do the Ocoee, but I wouldn't use anyone else (especially having seen the way other companies work while rafting). If you're looking for appropriate safety and lots of fun, they're who to go with. Will be using them for every trip in the future.
Written September 30, 2021
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Sal H
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Jun 2021 • Friends
Had a great experience rafting with a large group of 22. Our guide Kyle was very informative and had me laughing with all of his dad jokes. It was very well organized. We received our gear, taught, on the bus, and rafting in 45 mins. or so. Would highly recommend Cherokee rafting when booking an Ocoee white water rafting trip.
Written June 18, 2021
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Paul
Auburn, CA12 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
The staff was very friendly and organized. Our guide had a lot of fun but at the same time we knew that he was an expert on that river. The lunch was very delicious and the service was excellent. There was plenty of food and we were able to fill up a second time if we wanted. The main facility had a well stocked gift shop with reasonably priced goods and souvenirs. You have many choices to raft the Ocoee but I would highly recommend Cherokee!
Written September 19, 2021
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