What should I wear on an Ocoee River Rafting trip?
Dress for Fun on the Ocoee River!
We provide wet suits or paddling pants and jackets on all Ocoee River Rafting trips
During the summer, you (and your group) should wear a swim suit, shorts, a t-shirt and old tennis shoes, river sandals, or water shoes (no flip-flops). Please feel free to bring a towel and a change of dry clothes and dry shoes for after the trip – we have hot showers. A baseball hat is also useful during the summer for keeping the rain/sun out of your eyes.
The water in the Ocoee River comes from the top of Lake Blue Ridge, so it’s usually fairly warm. In spring however, air and water temperatures are a little cooler. Not to worry though, the Ocoee Adventure Center provides wetsuits and splash gear free of charge. We have the following suggestions for clothing and equipment:
1) Wool sweaters, pants, socks, etc. – Wool items will be warmer because it retains some of its insulating value even when wet. Fleece, polypropylene, and other synthetic materials are also appropriate.
2) A wool stocking cap – A large portion of heat loss is through the head and neck and a cap can make a great difference.
3) Paddling Pants / Jackets – These help keep the spray off your legs. Provided free of charge at our outpost.
4) Wet suits – Farmer John style is the best suited to rafting, but any wet suit will do. Provided at our outpost.
Is there an Age Limit for the Ocoee River?
The Tennessee State Parks Department requires all rafters on the Ocoee to be at least 12 years of age. There is no upper age limit.
When is the best time to go Ocoee Whitewater Rafting?
Anytime the river runs! The best times ( in our most humble opinion) are the weekends in either spring or fall. The spring is the least crowded though that is the best chance to get higher water. The fall colors in the Ocoee River gorge are spectacular.
Is Ocoee rafting safe?
The Ocoee Adventure Center staff will do everything possible to provide you with a trouble-free river experience. The safety of our guests is the foremost concern of our staff. The sport of whitewater rafting has inherent risks that are beyond human control and must be assumed by the participant. All participants are required to sign a waiver of liability/assumption of risk document. Each group will receive at least 2 safety briefings to make sure everyone is comfortable before putting on the river.
Will there be photos taken?
Yes! Photos are taken of every raft on each trip. Shots will be on display after your trip for you to view and purchase if you wish.
Can OAC help with lodging or catering?
You bet! Give us a call and we’ll give you the details.