Rafting on the Chattooga River
June 16-17, 2017
Trip Size: 25
Re-live one of your favorite days of the Senior Trip! For those who weren't so lucky, discover one of the country's most beautiful stretches of whitewater along with Baylor friends and family as you join us for a day on Section 4 of the Chattooga River.
Arrive in Clayton, Georgia on Friday and enjoy an evening of cocktails and dinner hosted by Headmaster Scott Wilson '75, and featuring former headmaster and "Father" of the Senior Trip, Dr. Herb Barks ’51, for an evening of nostalgia, stories, and laughter. On Saturday morning following a full breakfast, we will meet the guides of the Nantahala Outdoor Center and raft the always gratifying Chattooga River.
To describe it best, consider what the NOC folks have to say about it:
"Spectacular Wild & Scenic Rafting" - Nantahala Outdoor Center
The Chattooga River is without a doubt the Southeast's premier whitewater rafting adventure. In fact, Southern Living called rafting the Chattooga "The #1 Thing Every Southerner Ought to Do." The Chattooga was federally protected in 1974 by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, forever preserving its rugged river gorge from development. Thus, the Chattooga delivers breathtaking scenery and treasured whitewater in an unmatched wilderness setting.
Perhaps most recognized for its depiction in the film "Deliverance," there are two very distinct whitewater rafting sections on the Chattooga. Section III is what we call "Mild & Scenic." With numerous swimming holes, Class II-III rapids, and a Class IV grand finale at the famous Bull Sluice rapid, Section III is perfect for families and children eight years-old and up.
Just downstream on Section IV, the Chattooga picks up the pace. The action begins with Seven Foot Falls and culminates with the infamous Five Falls, where five adrenaline-pumping Class IV rapids follow in quick succession. Both trips are full-day trips and feature a delicious and freshly-prepared riverside lunch.
NOC has been leading trips on the Chattooga since our company's inception in 1972. In fact, our company founder Payson Kennedy was a stunt double in "Deliverance." NOC's Chattooga guides are among the nation's most elite whitewater guides. They receive industry-leading training and are also equipped with the most modern river equipment.
Check out the Chattooga River's Instagram for a glimpse at the river's stunning beauty, exciting rapids and more.