Whitewater Rafting

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Middle Ocoee

Trip Info The Middle Ocoee is action-packed from start to finish! The twenty-six Adventure Class rapids on this five-mile stretch of river, with names such as Grumpy's, Double Trouble, Tablesaw and Diamond Splitter make it one of the South’s most popular rivers.
Minimum Age 12
Experience Needed None
Trip Length 3 – 4 hours
(includes pre-trip orientation, gearing up, transportation, and time on the water)
Season March – November
Weekday Prices (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
Single Rate  $40 per guest
Group Rates 1 – 11 rafters $40 per guest
12 – 23 rafters $35 per guest
24+ rafters $30 per guest
Weekend Prices (Saturday – Sunday)
Single Rate  $45 per guest
Group Rates 1 – 11 rafters $45 per guest
12 – 23 rafters $40 per guest
24 – 52 rafters $35 per guest
53+ rafters $30 per guest

Full Ocoee

Trip Info Combine the Middle and Upper Ocoee sections for a full day of whitewater fun. The Full River trip covers approximately 10 miles, and includes a great riverside lunch between the upper and middle sections.
Minimum Age 12
Experience Needed None
Trip Length 6 – 8 hours
(includes pre-trip orientation, gearing up, transportation, and time on the water)
Season May – September
Single Rate $90 per guest
Group Rates 1 – 11 rafters $90 per guest
12 – 23 rafters $85 per guest
24 – 52 rafters $80 per guest
53+ rafters $75 per guest

Upper Ocoee

Trip Info Run the section of the Ocoee River that became famous in 1996 for hosting the Olympic whitewater competition. This section covers approximately 5 miles, and includes rapids like Blue Hole, Mikey’s (he eats everything…), and Humongous. It's easy to see why this five-mile stretch of whitewater was worthy of the '96 Olympic Games.
Minimum Age 12
Experience Needed None
Trip Length 3 – 4 Hours
(includes pre-trip orientation, gearing up, transportation, and time on the water)
Season May – September
Single Rate $45 per person
Group Rates 1 – 11 rafters $45 per guest
12 – 23 rafters $40 per guest
24 – 52 rafters $35 per guest
53+ rafters $30 per guest

Camping at Big Frog

Your Ocoee Tent Camping Experience Doesn’t Have to Mean ‘Roughing It.’

If you want to sleep over, we have 27 platform tents for roughing it the easy way. Each tent sleeps four people on comfy 4-inch thick foam sleeping pads. Just add a sleeping bag and you’re ready to crash for $32 per tent per night. The tent camps are conveniently located near our outpost with store, restrooms and hot showers. Need a place to gather your group? Two large pavilions near the camping areas with grills, electricity and water can accommodate your gathering.

Lower Campground

Upper Campground

Our lower campground at Big Frog Expeditions is great for large groups. The large covered pavilion is the perfect setting for youth gatherings & company meetings, and provides plenty of seating and shade. There is also plenty of room to get any excess energy out before crashing for a comfy night of camping!

The upper campgrounds at Big Frog Expeditions are a little more secluded than the lower campground. Both upper areas include a fire pit, and there is a large pavilion behind the outpost that is accessible from the upper campgrounds, along with a grilling area.

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Lower campground includes fire pit, access to volleyball court, and close proximity to a large open field.

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Pavillion at Lower Campground with platform tents equipped with comfy sleeping pads for all!

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Upper Campground under the pines at Big Frog’s outpost.

Mountain Biking

Call our reservationists at 423-299-9097 to discuss Mountain biking adventure options and packages!

Join BIG FROG EXPEDITIONS for an exciting mountain biking adventure. The trails of the beautiful Cherokee National Forest provide the perfect setting for our mountain bike riding excursions. Located on the edge of the Cherokee National Forest, we have miles and miles of trails and forest roads at our doorstep, ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

Bring your family and friends and let our experienced guides lead you on a fun ride with awesome scenery alongside the Ocoee River on the historic Copper Road trail, atop Chilhowee Mountain with a view over Parksville Lake, or into the Cohutta Wilderness alongside a cool mountain stream. We can tailor our itinerary for your group when you make your reservations with our friendly staff. Come see us — we think you’ll be glad you did!


Ocoee Bike Trails

1. Buck Bald Trail

Outside of riding at the Ocoee Whitewater Center, Buck Bald is one of our most beginner friendly rides. From the top of Buck Bald Mountain, riders will experience 360 degree panoramic views from its bald peak. After admiring the breathtaking views of Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina from atop, its time to descend the mountain down to the banks of the Hiwassee River. This ride is nearly 6 miles of continuous downhill cruising.

2. Brush Creek & Old Copper Road Trail

A historic 2.3 mile scenic ride along the banks of the Upper Ocoee River. Begins at the Ocoee Whitewater Center and ends at the Upper Ocoee rafting access road. Ride the loop for a great 4.5 mile trip. Easy-to-moderate riding suitable for novices.

3. Tanasi Trail System

The first ten miles of a series of 43 miles of trail developed by the USDA Forest Service as a legacy from the 1996 Olympic whitewater competition. Starts at the Ocoee Whitewater Center and climbs up the mountain, adjacent to the Big Frog Wilderness area.

4. Chilhowee Mountain Trails

Fun for beginners and experts alike with fast narrow singletrack and screaming downhill or (gut-wrenching uphill) sections, whoop-de-doos, and creek crossings. Great waterfalls to play and take a cool break.

5. Conasauga River Trails

Conasauga River Trail and Iron Mountain Trail form a 10 mile wilderness loop complete with river crossing. Four miles of the trail follow an old railroad bed along the banks of the wild and scenic Conasauga River. It then crosses the river and climbs Iron Mountain with views of the North Georgia mountains. Moderate to strenuous.

Hiking

Call our reservationists at 423-299-9097 to discuss hiking adventure options and packages!

Would you like a fun educational addition to your Ocoee Whitewater Rafting trip with Big Frog Expeditions?
Big Frog Expeditions offers both half and full day guided hikes for groups of 4 to 40 that are appropriate for most ages and fitness levels. Our hikes are led by guides who are very familiar with the Ocoee area, it’s history, flora, and fauna. We can take you to rarely seen waterfalls, breathtaking mountain vistas, and awe-inspiring examples of the wonders of Mother Nature in the Cherokee National Forest.
These are some of our favorite hiking areas, but there are many other hikes are available, some much more advanced than the ones mentioned below.
Give our friendly reservations staff a call today to set up the perfect hike for your group.

Important Information

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    Bring comfortable, supportive footwear that you don’t mind getting wet – many trails may cross over creeks.

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    Bring weather appropriate clothing – during summer months, shorts and a t-shirt are fine. Spring and fall can be kind of chilly, so wool and fleece are good, but cotton is best avoided.

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    All hikes are accompanied by guides who are familiar with and knowledgeable about the area and hold advanced first aid training.


Rattlesnake Falls

This hike is a little under 2 miles one way (4 miles round trip), crossing beautiful Rock Creek several times as you walk upstream. The hike ends at beautiful Rattlesnake Falls, though the more intrepid hikers can scramble upstream a little farther and catch a glimpse of even more beautiful waterfalls as this stream tumbles off Chilhowee Mountain. This hike is suitable for anyone in moderate or better physical condition. This is truly a hike for all seasons! During the spring, wildflowers abound alongside the trail, summer brings great swimming opportunities at the base of the falls, and of course autumn has unbeatable fall colors.

Old Copper Road

An easy walk along the Old Copper Road will take you back to a different time. Your guide will explain the history of the trail, which is the last remaining segment of the original road constructed to speed the transport of copper from the mines of the Copperhill area to Cleveland, TN – this was a trip of 33 miles! This hike is appropriate for anyone in moderate or better physical condition.

Ocoee Whitewater Center

The Ocoee Whitewater Center provides lots of beautiful trail areas to explore! The area has access to plenty of swimming areas when the dam is off, and great views of class 4 whitewater when the dam is on!
The Ocoee Whitewater Center includes wheelchair accessible areas, as well as plenty of picnic areas. Come explore the home of the ’96 Olympic Whitewater venue.

More Adventures

Looking for another adventure to accompany your Whitewater Rafting or Outdoor Camping experience?

If Mountain Biking or Hiking isn’t quite your thing, here are a few other area excursions that we can recommend. The Cherokee National Forest and surrounding areas are wonderful playgrounds to explore!

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Ocoee Whitewater Center


This spectacular venue for white water rafting trips on the Ocoee River was built by the Cherokee National Forest as the site for the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Slalom competition. Anchored at both ends by the impressive commemorative Olympic bridges, the site features exciting views of whitewater rafting on the Upper Ocoee River, along with paved paths for walking and biking, great sunning spots, and hiking and biking trails. The venue provides restrooms and an information desk, and also features paved river walks and picnic areas which are all wheelchair accessible.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center is located on the Ocoee Scenic Byway (US 64) between Cleveland and Ducktown, Tennessee. Coming from any direction, your trip is filled with splendid views of mountains, lakes and the Ocoee River. Consisting of a four-acre recreation area, the Ocoee Whitewater Center offers picnicking, hiking, biking, birding, water play, environmental education programs and provides the playground for Ocoee River white water rafting and kayaking on the Upper Ocoee River. Don’t forget that if you are feeling tired after a long day, we offer great Ocoee camping options for you!

Click here for more information on the Ocoee Whitewater Center.


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Swimming


There are lots of beautiful swimming areas around the Cherokee National Forest.
If you have a large group, and are interested in adding a weekday swimming adventure to your itinerary, we’d love to accommodate you! Just give our friendly reservation staff a call at 423-299-9097, and ask about our swimming trip options.
If you have a smaller group, and would like to explore the area swimming holes on your own, just ask us, and we’ll share some of our favorite spots!


Horseback riding

Horseback Riding


Want to round out your whitewater rafting adventure with some horseback riding? Give us a call at 423-299-9097 for more information!

  • Ocoee Horseride is located just outside of nearby Cleveland, Tn.
  • 1-hour long rides on privately owned property. Half-day and full-day options in the Cherokee National Forest also available.
  • Family friendly environment.
  • Exciting and fun way to spend time with your friends!