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Our Story About the Ocoee & River Rafting

Ocoee River Rafting, Biking and Kayaking

The Ocoee Adventure Center is more than a rafting outpost in Ducktown, Tennessee. OAC’s staff of outdoor professionals has the focused purpose of “providing the absolute highest quality adventure experience for our guests.” This philosphy is applied to everything we do from half day rafting trips on the Ocoee River to multi day kayaking adventures in the Cherokee National Forest. The quality of our guests’ experience and their satisfaction are the first and foremost concerns on all our trips.

We offer a wide range of outdoor activities from our outpost at the eastern gateway to the Cherokee National Forest. We hope you’ll visit our cozy log cabin – sit a spell on the porch, enjoy a picnic alongside our cool mountain stream and browse in our store for a great t-shirt or souvenir to take home with you.

About Us

Who stops to let you play on the river? We do!
Who’s got the best guides on the river? We do!
Who offers the most play time of all the outfitters on the Ocoee? We do!
Who’s got the most experience on the Ocoee River? We do!
Who’s got the best trip on Ocoee River? We do!

Ocoee Adventure Center gives you the best rafting experience on the Ocoee, plus playtime. We take time to stop and play on the water while other rafts are racing to the end.  

And if you just can’t get enough fun on the river, we’ve got more adventure!

Who has more adventure to offer? We do!

In addition to a spectacular rafting experience, rent one of our Mountain Trek bikes for an easy or challenging ride. Or bring your own bike, we even have a bike repair service to get you tuned up and ready to ride.

Who likes waterfalls? Our guided hiking trips take you to all the best spots.

Want to get in one of those nimble kayaks you see playing up and down the river? We have kayaks for lake paddling or if you are ready to be more adventurous, we offer whitewater kayak instruction, too.

How about trying one of the hottest new sports, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)? We make it easy with our instruction and beautiful boards.

Larry Mashburn came to the Ocoee as a whitewater slalom course manager for the 1996 Ocoee Olympics, fell in love with the area and never left. He started Ocoee Adventure Center with a grand total of five rafts he stored in a chicken wire cage! Now, OAC has _____rafts and offers even more adventures.

Larry loves everything outdoors and serves as general manager. Stop in and meet him and all our dedicated and capable staff.


Our Cozy Cabin Outpost

Ya’ll come on in!

Our Outpost building is a replica 1838 log cabin built from trees grown on our local property. Grab a rocking chair—our front porch is where it all begins and everyone likes relaxing here. It’s nice and cool in the summer and there are always lots of fun stories and tall tales being swapped when our rafters come in after their trip on the river.

There’s a great store inside the Outpost with the world’s largest selection of Ocoee River T-shirts and other cool souvenir stuff, plus snacks and drinks.


Wait till you see that expression on your face that we captured when you rafted through Buzzsaw!
We’ve got the proof…our photos from your rafting trip are available for viewing and purchase immediately after your trip. Friendly staff are always ready to answer any of your questions.

Clean bathrooms and hot showers are here for your convenience, too, just behind the Outpost so you can come off your Ocoee River rafting or other adventure trip and get cleaned up and dried off.  

Our OAC staff pride themselves in ensuring that guests have an unforgettable experience.

Sounds like fun? Read what our customers are saying about us!


Tour Ocoee Adventure Center – Our Outpost & Story

pmanimHey there! As you have probably already figured out, I’m PaddleMan and I would love to show you around our outpost. Here at Ocoee Adventure Center we make your vacation plans easy by offering a wide variety of adventure packages for days of fun. Whether you are here for rafting, lake kayaking, mountain biking, or whitewater kayak instruction, it’s all based out of our outpost easily found on HWY 64. Thousands of customers have returned to our cozy cabin to experience our adventures year after year. Check it out for yourself and take a look around……

The front porch of our outpost is where it all begins – everyone likes relaxin’ here. It’s nice and cool in the summer and there’s always lots of fun stories being told when trips come off the river.

outpostThe first thing you usually see when you come inside is a friendly face and a big smile. The staff at OAC is always having fun and they’re ready to answer any questions you may have.

There’s a great store here – lots of cool t-shirts and souvenir stuff. When I forgot to bring my river shoes they had a great selection for me to choose from right here at the outpost.outpost1 They have snacks too and I was ready for that when we came off the river!

Safety is a big deal at OAC. All the guides are professionally trained and have CPR and First Aid certifications. Before every trip guides will explain how to have an exciting, yet safe adventure.

There’s hot showers here, so you can come off the river or mountain and get clean, dry clothes on. Showers are just down this path.

What our Customers Say

Our customers think we are the BEST! Don’t take our word for it, here is a taste of what our customers have said about us in their post-trip surveys. If you would like to see more about what people are saying about us, check out our TripAdvisor Page and post your own review of us!


Scott, the senior guide, went the “extra mile” by doing a teambuilding exercise with us. We had mentioned that it was one of our reasons for being there. Very nice touch!

-Ocoee Middle Guest, Susan


Ocoee River ReviewsPeter, Terri and all the guides made my group feel right at home. Couldn’t ask for a better experience!

-Ocoee Middle Guest, Rob


The guides/staff were all very outgoing, and made the trip a wonderful experience. This was our first time white water rafting, but will not be our last! We would definitely recommend Ocoee Adventure Center to people searching for white water rafting trips!

-Ocoee Middle Guest, Mary


Ocoee River Rafting ReviewsGeorge was our guide, and the whole boat had a great time! He has a great sense of humor – he kept us laughing and kept us safe. We plan to return, and we would love the same guide! 🙂 Our other boat had Ken as a guide, and they appreciated his experience, and especially loved his expertise on the environment of the Ocoee…

We really enjoyed our trip, in fact it was my best trip on the Ocoee!!! I have rafted with several other companies, and OAC is by far, the best! They take time on the river to go back and surf in the rapids, they give you tons of time to play on the river! LOVED IT!

-Ocoee Middle Guest, Elizabeth


I had two trips this summer.. One with Jamie as our guide The other with Scott as our guide. Both were incredible… Like.. Off the chain! Both are excellent guides and know how to communicate with the client… Way to go!

-Ocoee Upper Guest, Kelly


Ed was tremendous! This was my familys fifth or sixth trip with you in the past ten years,and this one may have been the best of all!

-Ocoee Full Guest, Jim


Knowledgeable, took time with us, safety focused…

-Biking Guest, Tom

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