Middle Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting with NOC in Benton, TN

Nantahala Outdoor Center1680 US-64 Suite BBenton, TN 37307
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Ride the currents and enjoy a rafting trip overflowing with five miles of fun, fast action and continuous whitewater rapids with Quest Expeditions! Featuring class III/IV rapids, 17 major rapids, and lots of beautiful scenic views of the majestic Cherokee National Forest, it’s no wonder why this tour is the most popular rapid ride in the nation!

up to 3.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Benton Travel Experts
  • Tour lasts up to 4 hours.
  • Recommended for individuals and families.
  • Arrive at the site 30 minutes before your white water rafting tour.
  • Food and beverage allowed on site but not in the rafts.
  • Ocoee white water rafting is a safe experience with trained expert guides to help you all throughout.
  • Age, pregnancy and disability restrictions apply for any Ocoee river trip.
  • Life Jacket, helmet and paddle is included in this experience.
  • Rafters must be 12 years of age.
  • Participants must be able to fit into our type V lifejacket with a chest size no larger than 56 inches.


from Middle Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting with NOC
Raft the Ocoee River with Nantahala Outdoor Center, rated "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and the "#1 Vacation with a Splash" by Good Morning America.

Ocoee rafting is synonymous with big waves, warm water, and continuous action - that's why it is called the "Ocoee Coaster!" From beginning to end, the Ocoee will get you soaked, smiling, and laughing.

For guests looking for epic adventure and thrills, the Middle Ocoee brings nonstop action earning its title as “America’s most popular river trip”. With continuous rapids and big, splashy water, this trip is a bucket list for visitors in the Cherokee National Forest of Tennessee. This half-day guided trip offers just the right intensity and action-packed whitewater.

Against the backdrop of the Ocoee Dam #2, the adventure begins with an explosive entrance rapid, Grumpy. The whitewater action continues for five miles with highlights including Class III and IV rapids like Table Saw, Broken Nose, Double Trouble, and Powerhouse that will leave you soaked and smiling.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Middle Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting with NOC

Are all Rafting with NOC trips guided?

Yes, all trips are fully guided.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Participants must be at least 12 years old for this intermediate trip. All minors (17 and under) require the presence of an adult during whitewater rafting activities.

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee?

There is no parking fee. If you are a guest, parking is located in the adventure parking area. During peak times,  guides will offer directions to parking. Overnight parking is available at the basecamp parking lot with no permit required for personal vehicles.

What should I wear?

Dress in clothes that can get wet, and wear shoes that will stay securely on your feet, with a backheel strap (flip flops are not recommended). Don’t forget dry clothes, shoes, and a towel for after your trip. There are changing rooms available.

  • Clothing that can get wet
  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet
  • In cooler weather, avoid wearing heavy cotton; wear synthetics and wool socks

*Please leave all personal belongings in your car,  guides will take your keys prior to the trip and hold them until your return.

What happens if there is rain or bad weather when my trip is scheduled? 

NOC adventures run rain or shine. If inclement weather presents any safety issues, someone from NOC will reach out to reschedule or offer a refund.

How long is the tour?

The trip will last approximately 3-3.5 hours, with 1.5 hours on the river and the rest on trip preparation and shuttle.

What’s included in my ticket/experience?

NOC provides all the paddling equipment along with a helmet, wet suits (by request), and shuttle to and from put in and take out. 

Can I bring my own food/beverages? 

Please bring your own water bottle. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase in the Outpost Store.

Can I bring my pet?

NOC does not permit pets on the shuttle or equipment, including rafts.