ocoee river whitewater rafting

White Water Rafting The Ocoee River

The Upper and Middle Ocoee Trip

For the more adventurous paddlers, take on the Upper and Middle Ocoee combo! Join us for spectacular white water rafting on the Ocoee River!


5 hours long

River Rafting

Up to Class III-IV
Advanced Adventure
Minimum Age 12+


703 Golf Course Rd.
Copperhill, TN 37317


Weekends only from Mid May until Mid September

About This Trip

The Upper Ocoee adds on an extra 5 miles of exhilarating whitewater rapids, including the 1996 Olympic Section! Conquer famous rapids such as Humongous and Godzilla. Have a snack (or lunch) after the Upper before continuing down the world renowned Middle section. In total, you will raft over 10 miles of some of the best whitewater in the country!

What’s Included: Guide, PFD, Helmet, Paddle, Transportation, Splash Gear (when necessary)

What To Bring

What To Wear

Quick dry, active wear or a swimsuit. Don’t forget sunscreen!

Shoes Are Required

Shoes with a heel strap (i.e. Chacos, sandals, old tennis shoes. No flip-flops!)

Leave It In The Car

Leave behind all valuables or anything you do not want to lose!

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Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need experience to raft all trips are Professionally Guided, but you should be comfortable in and around water.

We run trips “rain or shine.” Whitewater rafting is an inherently wet activity, in fact we think this is the very best outdoor activity for a rainy day!

The State of Tennessee requires all guests rafting on the Ocoee River be at least 12 years old.  Whitewater Express does not nor do we knowingly allow an underage person to raft on the Ocoee River.  To ensure we meet the age requirement, guests under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian certify the guest’s age and sign the liability waiver form on the minor’s behalf.   A properly executed liability waiver must be provided at the time of check-in .

While we have met minors below the minimum age that seemed perfectly capable of rafting safely;  there have also been some guests older the minimum age that were not ready!  We will not waive age requirement on the Ocoee River for any reason.  Should you push the limit for your child?  No, it is simply not worth the risks involved!

We accommodate 4-6 guests per boat. Occasionally we can accommodate groups of 7, depending on a variety of factors that influence a “game-time” decision.

Reservations are required. A lot goes into the planning of a river trip, including scheduling of guides, photographers and bus drivers. If you are nearby, you can walk-in to see if we have space, but please don’t drive long distances without a reservation as our trips are routinely full in the summertime.

Upon arrival to camp, you will cross over a creek with a concrete road underneath. The horse stables will be on your left and our daily guest parking is to the right. Please park here and leave everything you don’t want to take on your trip in your car (we can hold onto your car keys in the Outpost. Follow the signs up the trail to the Outpost to check-in. For overnight guests, continue on the road past the daily guest parking. When you reach the field, take a sharp left turn and follow the signs to the Outpost.

We ask all our guests to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to you trip. This extra time is to complete our check-in process, and gear up for your Adventure. Please allow time for traffic, wrecks, etc as we cannot wait for latecomers.

Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet (because you will)! We recommend Quick dry activewear, swimsuits, and Sunscreen!  Avoid cotton clothing. All our guests must wear shoes that stay on their feet. Swim shoes, Sandals with a heel strap or even old sneakers work great. Flip flops are not recommended and shouldn’t be worn.

We raft on the weekends from mid-March to Memorial day. Five days a week (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And weekends from Labor Day to the end of October.

Wetsuits are not needed for the majority of the year as we have warm water for the  majority of the year. If you’re rafting during the colder months, we’ve got you covered! Splash Jackets are provided free of charge and Wetsuits are available to rent for $5.

You will get very wet as you will be going through big slashes and waves as you enjoy our great rapids. You also have the choice to float out of the boat the lazy river “habitat float” a narrow mild section of our river that flows through a Blue Heron rookery.


Yes. We provide top-of-the-line safety equipment, including raft, personal flotation device, helmet and paddle (and cold-weather gear as necessary).

Yes. We provide top-of-the-line safety equipment, including raft, personal flotation device, helmet and paddle (and cold-weather gear as necessary).

With over 40 years of experience, Whitewater Express’ risk management procedures are unsurpassed. We train our guides extensively and follow the most up-to-date industry standards. However, it is important that you and your group know this: Whitewater rafting, like all adventure activities, involves inherent risks. It is important that guests know their comfort level and take proper responsibility for their own safety. If Whitewater Express staff feel that any individual is not in the proper condition to raft, we reserve the right to not allow that individual to raft for his or her own safety.

Because memories of your trip are important to us, we have photographers on-standby for each trip (weather permitting). On all of our river trips, you can view your photos as you return from your adventure!


Need a place to stay
after your adventure?

Our Whitewater Express camp offers a variety of Ocoee River cabin rentals across an expanse of over 300 beautiful mountain acres ranging from the basic bunk cabin to the full-on mountain house! Any group of any size can stay comfortably with us after we take you Ocoee white water rafting and guide you through our many other high adventure activities!

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