Nashville, Tennessee: capital of the volunteer state. Whether you’re a local resident or just in for a little while, there are incredible things to do in the city itself. Head to the Jack Daniel’s distillery for a tour (and hopefully a tasting), or pay a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and admire the shrines dedicated to country music’s greats. But what about getting outside the city for a day trip? After all, Nashville is nestled between several breathtaking forests, including the Chattahoochee National Forest and Daniel Boone National Forest. A breath of fresh forest air is just what the doctor ordered after some quality time in the city.

We’ll save you from the pain of desperately googling “outdoor activities near Nashville, TN” and tell you right now about the best activity you’re going to find: white water river rafting. Just a few hours outside of Nashville is Ocoee, Tennessee, home to the world-famous Ocoee River (and you can get there even quicker from Knoxville, so fear not). This little piece of the world is where we’re proud to call home. Whether it’s a fun outdoor activity for kids or even a corporate team building activity that you’re looking for, white water river rafting with Cascade Outdoors is sure to do the trick.

No matter your time restraints or ability (or lack thereof!), we have the perfect adventure activity for you. Check out our half-day river rafting trip if you are tight on time or if your group hasn’t rafted before! Our expert and super friendly guides are sure to show you a good time while keeping you safe through a variety of class III and IV rapids. This trip is perfect for families or groups with younger children (12 and up) that want to give white water river rafting a shot.

If it’s more of an adventure that you seek, our full-day river rafting trip is the better option for you. On this more complete trip, you’ll navigate about 10 miles of the Ocoee River, following the same course used in the 1996 Olympic whitewater slalom competition. Fight your way through class IV and V rapids with your experienced guide that will show you the ropes on the Ocoee. This is an experience you and your group are sure to remember!

White water river rafting isn’t just any outdoor activity though — it’ll get your tummy rumbling! After your adventure down the river, feel free to make a lunch stop at the highly recommended Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner (say that five times fast!). This is our favorite place to grab some grub after an exhilarating river trip. Their home cooked comfort food is sure to give you the energy you need to make your way back to Nashville or Knoxville after your outdoor adventure on the Ocoee River. We promise that you can do it all in a day… Whether or not you’ll want to leave our outdoor river oasis is a completely different story, and we’re not making any promises on that one!