In 1984, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) put a moratorium on the number of commercial rafting permits allowed which is now home to only 24 permits that contribute to the $43M+ of local economy within our 50-mile radius. For all of our guests and friends reading this: thank you.
While working a job flying bush planes in Alaska, former world champion freestyle kayaker Kip Gilliam heard from his good friend Claude Terry (name drop: also Jimmy Carter's best friend) that the Southeastern River Expeditions property was for sale. Already owning a small farm in Ocoee, the thought of owning a rafting outfit never crossed Kip's mind until then.
Kip founded Cascade Outdoors in September 2003 and is one of the few remaining owner-operated outfits in the area. Two decades later, Cascade Outdoors is home to the most world-champion level guides of any outpost in the world and has proudly taken over 100,000 guests down the Ocoee River - many times over. We always have been and always will be excited to adventure with you!
A small (but mighty!), private outpost close to all of your pre- and post-rafting trip needs.
PRIVATE PARKING LOT WITH LOW TRAFFIC
Guests can relax during their adventure knowing that their vehicles are safe in our monitored private parking lot. There is no camping on our premises - which means no stragglers wandering aimlessly around our property and peeping into your cars. Lock your car, leave your keys with us and go have fun!
Our clean bathrooms are equipped with showers, toilets, sinks + changing areas. We highly recommend bringing a change of clothes for after your rafting trip. Don’t worry. There are plenty of clothes for sale in the shop if you forget to bring yours!
EXPLORE THE CHEROKEE NATIONAL FOREST
Make your trip to Chattanooga complete by taking on an unforgettable whitewater adventure amidst the beautiful rolling hills of the Cherokee National Forest.
Experience these serene surroundings and learn about the abundant wildlife from our local River Guides while smashing down the Ocoee River - the most popular river in the United States!
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