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Think Rafting is Only for Adrenaline Junkies? Think Again!

If you’ve been afraid of rafting because you think all rafting is wild, crazy, and extreme, we want you to know that is not true! This myth has scared people of all ages away from an amazing and fun adventure! If you choose the right class of river and the right adventure package, everyone from …

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Plan Your Mountain Escape Today

It’s August! Schools are back in session, and autumn is on the horizon, but there’s still time to enjoy a fun mountain escape before summer officially ends! Whether you’re wanting to get away with your family, your friends, or your significant other—we have just the escape you are looking for. Come for the day or …

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Choose Your Own Adventure with Rolling Thunder Before Season Ends!

Choose Your Own Adventure with Rolling Thunder Before Season Ends! Come explore the deep valleys of Appalachia and raft the most renowned rapids of the Southeastern part of the country. Discover why millions are attracted to this region every year. Ocoee:  Choose a Half Day or a Full Day Adventure With two separate “hang onto your …

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Summer Adventures within Driving Distance

Summertime is the perfect time to be spontaneous. If you are looking to set out at the spur of the moment or you are looking for a quick day trip, rafting and tubing centers are just a short drive away. Come for the day or extend your stay at our campground or bunkhouse (or at …

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Rolling Thunder River Company is Ready for Your Group Rafting Trip

Are you looking for a fun, challenging, and incredible outdoor experience for your group this summer? Come to Rolling Thunder River Company to experience the unique camaraderie that only develops on a river rafting trip. Want to Stay Overnight? Check Out Our Bunkhouses Located at our Nantahala Rafting Center Over the years, Rolling Thunder’s bunkhouses …

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Take Advantage of Preseason Deals at Rolling Thunder River Company

Beat the crowd! Come rafting with Rolling Thunder River Company during the month of May before the rivers are flooded with rafters and take advantage of our special preseason savings. Nantahala River Experience Nantahala River rafting trips are considered “mild to moderate” adventure level, making them perfect for families with children (7+ years) and beginning rafters. …

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How a Whitewater Rafting Adventure Will Benefit Your Health

We all know how important it is to stay active. Partaking in different activities like jogging and bike riding are well known for boosting your health. But did you know that whitewater rafting can also benefit your health? Here are a few reasons that heading out onto the river will do a lot to help …

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White Water Rafting in Asheville North Carolina

If you are looking for an exciting adventure near Asheville, you’ve come to the right place! At Rolling Thunder River Company, we offer thrilling white water rafting in Asheville, North Carolina and the nearby areas. We’ve taken thousands of beginners and experts alike on river trips and helped build countless memories. If you are going to be …

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Hiking Trails to Visit

After rafting the Nantahala River in western North Carolina with Rolling Thunder enjoy a visit to one of our favorite closeby areas – Deep Creek. Hiking trails, waterfalls and more. This pdf map will show you the variety of hiking trails you can explore.    

Waterfalls to Visit

We love water whether it’s running down a river or cascading off the top of a mountain. There are lots of incredibly beautiful waterfalls to see while you’re visiting us in the mountains. You just have to know how to find them. After your Ocoee rafting trip with Rolling Thunder pick a waterfall and go …

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Whitewater Rafting in NC

If you love whitewater rafting, North Carolina is the place to be this summer! Whether you’re a local or you’re planning a vacation, the Nantahala River in Bryson City, NC is an amazing place to spend a day on the water. In fact, the Nantahala River has been named the “#1 Vacation with a Splash” …

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Planning Your Next Whitewater Rafting Trip

Spring is finally here, and before you know it, it will be time to hit the river for your next rafting adventure. At Rolling Thunder River Company, we love taking our guests on unforgettable whitewater rafting trips on some of the best rivers in the Southeast. Our goal is to ensure that all of our guests …

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How to pick a whitewater rafting company for your next adventure

With many rafting companies to choose from when planning a river adventure how do you pick the right one? Do you choose the co We could start by telling you how wonderful we are but we are obviously going to be a bit biased. Instead, we think online reviews are a much better tool for …

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Whitewater Rafting Near Asheville, North Carolina

When you’re looking to plan a fun-filled adventure, there’s no better way to go than whitewater rafting near Asheville on the legendary Nantahala River. Rafting draws hundreds of thousands of beginner and experienced rafters to this area each summer, and at Rolling Thunder River Company, we’re thrilled to offer exciting whitewater rafting near Asheville! Whitewater Rafting Near Asheville For …

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Booking Your 2017 Whitewater Rafting Adventure

If you’re like us and you’re already looking forward to the 2017 whitewater rafting season, we have some good news! Though the season won’t be back in full swing for a few more months, you can book your whitewater rafting adventure today. Our 2017 prices are up, and now is the perfect time to plan your trip to make …

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Will I Get Wet On My Whitewater Rafting Adventure?

Gosh, we hope so! That’s a big part of the fun of splashing down a rollicking mountain river!Whether you and your group are planning a whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee river, Nantahala river, or Taccoa river, you can expect to get at least a little wet. Some folks ask us HOW wet they will get.  The truth is, there’s …

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Rolling Thunder Offers Both Mild and Wild River Adventures

Here at Rolling Thunder River Company, we’re thrilled to offer river adventures for people of virtually all ages and levels of experience. Whether you’re a newbie seeking a mild river adventure or a seasoned pro looking for a wild whitewater rafting experience, we have trips that are perfect for almost anyone! Mild and Wild Adventures …

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Thank You For Another Amazing Rafting Season!

From all of us at Rolling Thunder, thank you for making the 2016 rafting season one of our best ever! Because of our many guests who share our passion for thrilling river adventures, it was one of the best years in our 39-year history, and we expect next year to be even better! We are …

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3 Things to Avoid When Whitewater Rafting

Here at Rolling Thunder River Company, safety is always our top concern. Whether you’re enjoying a gentle float down the Toccoa or a thrilling Ocoee River whitewater adventure, we are committed to making sure that everything goes smoothly. It’s pretty hard to have a bad time when you’re rafting, but there are things you can do to jeopardize your …

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Top 5 Whitewater Rafting Myths

Are you still on the fence about booking your whitewater rafting trip? If so, it’s probably because of some of the many myths surrounding this popular sport. Let’s talk about some of those myths so you can make an informed decision whether rafting is right for you. Myth #1: Rafting Is Only for Adrenaline Junkies …

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20th Anniversary of 1996 Summer Olympics

July 19, 2016 marks the 20 year anniversary of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. The 1996 Olympics hold a special place in our hearts here at Rolling Thunder because one of our most popular rafting destinations – The Ocoee River – got to spend some much-deserved time in the spotlight. 1996 Summer Olympic …

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What You Need to Know About River Classifications

The Southeast provides some amazing spots for whitewater rafting. The Ocoee River and the Nantahala River offer some of the best adventures in the United States, and they are definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for an exciting adventure. While planning your trip, you’ve probably noticed the classifications for rivers and rapids, but do you really know what …

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Rafting FAQs

Planning a whitewater rafting trip? If so, you probably have some questions. At Rolling Thunder River Company, we’re always here to answer any questions you may, but we also wanted to provide you with this guide which answers some of our guest’s most common questions. Rafting FAQs How do I choose the right trip? When …

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How to Stay Warm on a Spring Rafting Trip

It’s been a long and chilly winter, but spring is finally here! As the days get longer and temperatures begin to climb, we are inching closer and closer to the 2016 rafting season. Smaller crowds make spring the perfect time to book your adventure with Rolling Thunder River Company, but there are still some chilly days early …

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Rolling Thunder is Hiring Guides for 2016 Season!

Click Here to Apply! Seasonal Jobs in Tennessee, North Carolina and North Georgia Rolling Thunder River Company – The Preferred River Adventure Company for 40 Years. We run dam-controlled rivers only in order to have guaranteed trips every day of the rafting season. Business is booming and we need more staff! Join Rolling Thunder River Company …

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How Rafting Addicts Survive the Winter

Not sure how you’re going to survive until rafting season? You’re not alone! To help you bide your time, we’ve put together some tips to help rafters navigate the cold winter months. Set the Scene Instead of staring out the window at endless clouds and snow, print out a window-sized copy of your favorite river. …

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Bryson City, North Carolina

Located to the west of Asheville, North Carolina, Bryson City is a peaceful mountain town that borders the world-famous Great Smoking Mountains National Park. In addition to being the home of Rolling Thunder River Company’s Nantahala Rafting Center, this charming city is also home to a number of unique shops, restaurant, galleries and hotels. Bryson …

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Thank You For The Best Rafting Season Yet!

We are smiling from ear to ear! Because of you and all of our guests who share our passion for river adventures we had the best year in our 38 years of operation. On behalf of the most enthusiastic and hard working staff on the river, our warmest thank you for making it possible for …

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Halloween Activities Near Atlanta

The Georgia whitewater rafting season may have officially come to a close, but with Halloween just around the corner, the Atlanta area still has plenty to do. Whether you’re looking for some of the most intense thrills in the country, or you’re trying to find some age-appropriate Halloween fun for the kids, Atlanta has plenty to offer! …

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Do You Have What it Takes to Work for Rolling Thunder?

This summer may be quickly coming to an end, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to spend next summer. If you are a lover of the great outdoors and enjoy entertaining people, why not spend it as a river guide with Rolling Thunder River Company? At Rolling Thunder River …

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Tubing the Toccoa – What You Need to Know

Tubing the Toccoa River in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is the perfect way to relax and soak up the last bit of summer. Here at Rolling Thunder River Company, we offer the best tubing trips to ensure fun and relaxation for anyone over the age of 5. Over the years, we’ve learned a lot, and …

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3 Things that Make the Nantahala Awesome

When you’re looking to embark on the North Carolina white water rafting adventure of a lifetime, the feisty Nantahala River is the perfect destination. Named the “#1 Vacation with a Splash” by Good Morning America, the Nantahala draws thousands of visitors every summer. So, what makes the Nantahala so great? Here are just a few of …

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Why Choose Rolling Thunder?

Here at Rolling Thunder River Company we realize that you have several companies to choose from for river trips in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. While we are not the only river company in these areas, we truly believe that no one can match us in skill, enthusiasm and value. There are several reasons we …

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Tips for Whitewater Rafting with Kids

Whitewater rafting is an exhilarating water adventure that most of the family can enjoy together. This is one activity where children are welcome to participate as long as they meet the age requirements for each particular trip.  Of course, special planning for this kind of trip will help to ensure that your children will relish the …

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Looking for a Fun and Unique Way to Improve Communication? Here’s How!

Rafting does more than provide an exciting adventure and excellent exercise. For families, outdoor activities like rafting can drastically improve communication and build trust. If your  family could benefit from some communication and trust building, a visit to Rolling Thunder River Company may be just what you need! River rafting is an adventure that requires …

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Getting Ready for Your First Rafting Adventure

It may not be the same as getting ready for a first date but getting ready for your first rafting adventure is just as – if not more – important. Being properly attired will help you stay comfortable and add to your overall experience. DO: Choose weather appropriate clothing Temperatures can fluctuate greatly throughout rafting season. …

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Save the Ocoee

The Ocoee River in Tennessee is one of the only places in the world where an average rafter can be an Olympian for a day. This river hosted the whitewater events during the Olympic Games in 1996 and has been a popular rafting destination ever since. Sadly, it is in danger of being significantly diminished or even …

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5 Awesome Reasons to Book a Spring Whitewater Rafting Trip

When’s the best time to go whitewater rafting in Georgia? You might be thinking summer, but actually, there are a few things that make springtime whitewater rafting more amazing than any other time of the year. While North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia whitewater rafting is always an awesome outdoor adventure, hitting the water in the spring is …

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Why Dam-Controlled Rivers are Important for Rafting Trips

Much anticipated rafting trips are often cancelled at the last minute because there isn’t enough water in the river. Lack of rainfall in an area can result in water levels running too low in a river for rafting to proceed – unless it is a dam-controlled river like the Nantahala River and Ocoee River on …

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Becoming a River Guide: How to Find your Dream Job

Who wouldn’t want to become a river rafting guide? After all, there are no cubicles, no ringing phones and no demanding emails. Instead, days are spent outside in the sunshine, meandering down scenic rivers and keeping calm during absolute chaos. Here’s how you, too, can become a river guide. Become certified Complete a certified training course, such …

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Rolling Thunder River Company on CBS46 Atlanta

Rolling Thunder River Company was recently featured on a piece by CBS46 News, discussing eco-tourism in Georgia. Watch the video here! CBS46 News

Welcome To Our New Blog!

Welcome to the blog for Rolling Thunder River Company! Here, you will find recent updates about our North Carolina rafting company, along with related news and information. Be sure to check back often! Are you ready to plan your whitewater rafting trip along the Ocoee of Nantahala? Get an early start and book your trip! If you need help …

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