South Carolina




Whitewater Rafting

Flowing along the South Carolina-Georgia border, 15 minutes from Westminster, SC, the famous Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River provides whitewater rafting adventures and breath-taking views through the beautiful Sumter National Forest.


Divided into four sections, trips along Section 3 provide a perfect outing for families and youth groups, while Section 4 provides more continuous rapids and steep drops for skilled enthusiasts.


Spring highwaters bring the ultimate thrill of whitewater rafting, such as seen in the movie Deliverance, which was filmed on the Chattooga. Trips during the fall provide the spectacular display of foliage. The height of the fall leaf season is usually around mid October.


The Chattooga was designated a wild and scenic river in 1974. It is one of the longest and most spectacular free-flowing mountain rivers in the Southeast. Over a distance of 50 miles, the river descends an average of 49 feet per mile from its headwaters in North Carolina to the state line between South Carolina and Georgia. The Chattooga offers some of the best whitewater boating and trout fishing in the region, according to the U.S. Forest Service.


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Rafting on the Chatooga

Several outfitters near Long Creek, SC -- 13 miles north of Westminster -- are able to offer equipment, instruction, guided trips, clinics, lodging and even videotapes of your whitewater exprience.


Discounts are usually available during the early spring and late fall. Guided floats on Section 3 are available during the Apple Festival the week following Labor Day.


In addition to rafting adventures, outfitters in the area also offer mountain top and canopy ziplining, Jeep tours, and other outdoor activities.


For more information about rafting trips, outpost locations, prices, group trip information and reservations contact Wildwater, Ltd or Nantahala Outdoor Center.


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