When the temperatures heat up in Blue Ridge, why sit around in the boring A/C when you can cool off on a water adventure? There are plenty of water-related activities to enjoy in and around town, whether you’re looking to chill out on Lake Blue Ridge or get your adrenaline pumping on a whitewater rafting trip.
The great news is, many Blue Ridge cabin rentals are only a short drive from the water adventures listed below. That means you can have a full day of adventure and a quick trip back to your cabin, where you can rest up and recharge for a new day of fun in the sun.
Ocoee River - World-Class Rafting
If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to get your fix, it’s time to make arrangements for a whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee River. Flowing out of Lake Blue Ridge as the Toccoa River, the Ocoee portion of the river begins at the Tennessee border and boasts class 3 and 4 rapids. Many rafting trips include the Upper Ocoee and the heart-pounding Olympic kayaking course that was created for the 1996 Olympics. There’s also the Middle Ocoee, which also has class 3 and 4 rapids. If you’re feeling extra froggy, try tackling the Upper Ocoee and Middle Ocoee in one day.
Pro Tip: Full rafting trips combining the Upper and Middle portions of the Ocoee are only available in the summer and are reserved for kids over the age of 12. Be sure to specify which part of the river you’re interested in exploring!
Popular Whitewater Rafting Outfitters
A Rolling Thunder River Company – 1-800-408-7238
Ocoee Adventure Center – 1-888-723-8622
Wildwater Unlimited – 1-800-451-9972
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – A New Way to Paddle
If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to get out on the water, but still want to get some good exercise during your vacation, why not try Stand Up Paddle Boarding?
SUPing goes great with the cool, calm waters of Lake Blue Ridge, which is located about 10 minutes from Downtown. When you SUP, you can reach areas of the lake that aren’t accessible by motorized boats, giving explorers of all ages a chance to make new water discoveries.
Paddleboards can be rented at the Morganton Point Recreation Area and at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.
Pro Tip: Tantalize your taste buds after a fun day on the lake and head over to the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, located just a few feet from the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. Nothing says, “I’m on vacation” like a frosty adult beverage after spending time on the water!
Toccoa River Fun – Perfect for the Family
Better suited for families with younger children than the Ocoee River, the Toccoa is famous for its crystal-clear flow and laid-back vibe. Popular water adventure activities include tubing, kayaking, trout fishing, and canoeing. If a more relaxed pace is what you’re looking for, the Toccoa River is a perfect choice. There are plenty of places to put in and stunning scenery around every corner!
Pro Tip: If you’re bringing family and friends on your water adventure, be sure to pack the holy trinity of outdoor products: sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water to stay hydrated!
Popular Toccoa River Outfitters
Toccoa Valley Campground - 706-838-4317
A Rolling Thunder River Company - 1-800-408-7238
Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters - 706-838-0200