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Cheoah River Rafting NC, Extreme High Adventure Class IV+ Whitewater Rafting

Cheoah River Rafting for Class iV+ action

Open in 2006 for recreational releases for the first time in seventy years, Cheoah has become the ultimate Class IV+ whitewater rafting trip in the southeast.

The Class IV-IV+ rapids are made up of steep, vertical ledges and technical boulder fields, and a gradient that drops steadily through an ever-deepening canyon. The rapids continue to climb the whitewater scale until arriving at the Big Fat Gap Bridge. Here begins two of the steepest commercially rafted miles of whitewater in the U.S. With non-stop rapids made up of rocks, holes, and waves, the river chases a constantly disappearing horizon. The action does not let up until the final plunge into Lake Calderwood and the Little Tennessee River.

Extremely continuous and physically demanding, the Cheoah is the perfect choice for those looking to take the whitewater experience to that next level. A dam-controlled river, release dates are limited to a select few dates a year.

  • Previous rafting experience on minimum Class III-IV whitewater is necessary.
  • Participants must be in good physical condition.
  • Minimum age requirement on the Cheoah is sixteen.

    Class IV+ Whitewater rafting

We are rewriting the book on Cheoah Trips!

Cheoah has earned the reputation as the ultimate white water river experience in the southeast. An exhilarating action-packed trip down this world-class river. The Cheoah is now a full day trip. In addition to the whitewater, we are now including a waterfall hike and some down time for relaxing and catching your breath. Lunch will be served riverside.  After refueling with lunch, we continue downstream for the climax of the day with the last three miles of river.

Our trips are run during the scheduled release dates

The Cheoah River is a fully-guided trip.  The rafts are arranged to have a maximum of four guests and a guide in each raft. The Price of the trip includes optional transportation to/from our Nantahala Outpost, an action-packed trip down the river, riverside lunch and beverages, as well as all equipment, including a complimentary wetsuit, pfd, paddles and helmets. 

For Cheoah guests who need some Class III-IV experience before the Cheoah, we recommend the Ocoee River and offer a special Ocoee River/Cheoah River Double Header. 

Join us for the Ocoee River/Cheoah River Double Header! 

Ocoee/Cheoah Double Header - two days of action-packed whitewater that is perfect for those who cannot get enough! The Ocoee can also be used as a training run for those looking for more experience before rafting the Cheoah.

Your $235 package includes 2 amazing rivers: a full day on the Ocoee and a single trip down the Cheoah; a deli-style lunch on the Ocoee and on the Cheoah and transportation to/from Nantahala Outpost to the Ocoee.

Not time in one weekend for both? You can schedule your Ocoee/Cheoah Double Header dates for non-consecutive weekends (based on availablity and release schedule).

I completed the morning Cheoah River trip yesterday and it was incredible!! I’ve done business with numerous rafting companies over the years and Endless Rivers is by far the friendliest and most professional. Thank-you very much for making me aware of the opportunity for the Cheoah trip.
-Kyle R. Theriot, TN

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