When we first began dating, one of the things we loved to do was go to “The Ocoee” and spend the afternoon watching and photographing the antics of white water rafters and kayakers. Just about an hour east of Chattanooga, the Ocoee River meanders alongside State Road 64 all the way east into North Carolina. If you’ve not been there, you must take the drive. It’s a beautiful, winding road with gorgeous views of the Ocoee River. Not too far away is the Nantahala which offers loads of fun for rafters and kayakers as well.
We stopped at the spot where the 1996 Olympic Summer Games held the water sports competitions. There is ample parking and flags from participating countries line the roadway. You can’t miss it! The roar of the rapids and coolness of the spray makes this an awesome place to hang out at, even on the hottest summer day.
Swirling, roaring water rapids sets the scene for an exciting afternoon by the river.
Some of the best views are from the rocks. Climbing out onto the very edge of the water makes for an up close and personal view. Great for video or camera shots! Just get there early enough to get your spot! The best perches are snatched up in a snap!
There’s never a dull moment! The rapids sometimes gives everyone a heart-stopping experience whether it’s hanging off the edge of a rock or crashing right into the whirlpool…
However, this experienced guides made sure that everyone stayed upright and in the raft!
The absolute joy on every face and the screams of pure adrenalin rush makes me want to jump in and ride the rapids, too!
Come soak in the sun, feel the spray of water and bring your picnic! You’ll return to the busy week completely refreshed….guaranteed!