East Tennessee and Western North Carolina are very popular for whitewater rafting. The 1996 Summer Olympics whitewater slalom competition was held on the upper Ocoee river. The Ocoee river is one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the country. Next, nestled in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains. Nantahala River is also close by and offers great rafting. Finally, If you are looking for a more laid back rafting trip, look no further than the Hiwassee river. Located in Reliance, TN, the Hiwassee is well know for great fishing and rafting.
Suggested tours: Leave Cleveland, TN and Travel to Parksville Lake and the Ocoee River. Stay at one of the local campsites and enjoy a day of rafting the Ocoee. While in the Area, take the road to the top of Chilhowee Mountain. Beautiful views of the Lake and Valley. From the Ocoee, travel thru Murphy, NC over to the Nantahala River. There are several nice campgrounds to choose from in the Area. Enjoy Rafting for a day and visit the local area. From The Nantahala, travel over to Robinsville, NC and enjoy a beautiful ride over the Cherohala Skyway. Maybe stay at Indian Boundry campground, or Travel on down to Tellico, TN and stay at one of the Campsites along the Tellico River. From Telico take county road 315 to Reliance, TN. Stay at one of the local campgrounds and float the Hiwassee River. Take the quick 45 minute drive from Reliance, TN to Cleveland, TN. Campgrounds Indian Boundry Parksville Lake Campground Hiwassee Ocoee State Park Nelsons Nantahala Hideaway