We’ve finally put the chilly cold months behind us. Temperatures are climbing, the days are getting longer, and spring is officially upon us. Whether you’re a Tennessee native looking for fun in your own backyard, or you are planning a trip to the Cherokee National Forest looking for adventure, OAC is your one stop shop if you want to get outside. We specialize in whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, SUP, lake kayaking, and whitewater kayak instruction. Come let us show you why we are the best outdoor adventure company in the region.
The primary adventure that all guests enjoy is whitewater rafting. Now that the season is beginning we are often asked, “When is the best time to go rafting?”
One of the benefits of the Ocoee is that it is a dam-controlled waterway. This means that all season we have the same flow of water. Our season runs from April until September for the middle Ocoee, and Memorial through Labor for the full river trip and weekday middle trips. During this time the river hosts about 250,000 commerical guests so you can imagine peak season can get congested.
Saturdays from mid June through August tend to be the busiest days on the river. Our weekdays and Sundays are typically less busy. Rafting is fun any day of the week but if you have the option to choose, I would suggest a less crowded day. Most guides recommend and experienced guests tend to prefer the early season due to minimal crowds and comfortable temperatures. The water can be chilly, so if you plan to visit during this time dress appropriately. Check the FAQ page of our website for our clothing recommendations.
We’re nearing the end of March, in a little over a month the Ocoee River whitewater season will be back in full swing. Whether this is your hundredth rafting trip or you’re thinking about hitting the river for the first time, come take a trip this spring!