Monthly Archives: August 2015

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 we want to share some of that knowledge to ensure that you have a great time on your tubing trip.

What You Should WearTubing the Toccoa

Being properly attired is important for both your comfort and safety. We require all guests to wear shoes that fit securely to prevent foot injuries. Old tennis shoes are perfect. Flip flops may be your summer staple, but leave them home for this trip!

Tubing is definitely a wet experience, so you will probably be most comfortable wearing either a bathing suit or shorts and a lightweight tee shirt. Don’t wear anything that will weigh you down if you get wet.

If you plan on wearing glasses or sunglasses, we recommend securing them with a retainer of some sort. Sun rays reflecting on the surface of the water can lead to serious sunburns, so don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

What to Expect

At Rolling Thunder River Company, we have a couple options for tubing trips. Because the Toccoa River is controlled by a dam and the TVA releases water as necessary, water levels and speed can change significantly. Our 1.5 mile trip, which usually takes about an hour during normal water conditions, can be over in just 20 minutes after water is released. To make up for this, we also offer a 3 mile trip that provides more time on the water when the river is running fast.

Tubing is an enjoyable activity for anyone who can swim, but it is still important to be careful. The water is deeper in some areas than others, and you may encounter rocks and small rapids along the way. To ensure your safety, please keep your life jacket securely fastened at all times.

Our vinyl inner tubes are designed for comfort. They have handles, and some have seats while others do not. To steer your tube, sit in the middle, lean backward and paddle with your hands while kicking your feet.

Final Notes

At the end of your trip, you will see a marked Rolling Thunder “take out”. This is where you get out of the river. If, for any reason, you need to get out of the river before the designated take out area, make sure you get out on the same side of the river that the road is on so that you will be able to begin walking back toward Rolling Thunder.

If you spot any critters in the water or along the shore, stay away. None of our guests have ever had any problems with local wildlife, and we want it to stay that way.

Here at Rolling Thunder River Company, we want all of our guests to have an amazing time. Tubing the Toccoa is a great activity for those who are looking to relax on the water and unwind at the end of summer. To learn more or to book your trip, visit our website.

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 the river’s most awesome attributes!

1. The Nantahala Is Great for FamiliesNantahala River Rafting

Alternating between 20 rapids and peaceful pools, the Nantahala is ideal for beginners and more experienced rafters alike. As a beginner’s level course, it is great for kids as well as adults. When you choose to have a guide in your raft, you can enjoy the trip and know that your family is good hands. Most parents find it much easier to relax with one of our guides in the raft.

2. The River is Dam-Controlled

The Nantahala is a dam-controlled river. This ensures a consistent and predictable flow of water throughout the entire rafting season, which lasts from April through the end of September. This is a huge benefit because it means that you will never face the disappointment of a reservation being cancelled due to insufficient water.

During the summer, drought and lack of rainfall causes many rivers to shut down to rafting, but as a dam-controlled river, the Nantahala never has these issues. This means that you can book your reservation with confidence that you won’t be stuck dealing with a last-minute cancellation.

3. The Entire Area is Rich in History and Beauty

The Nantahala is an ancient river that flows through a natural rainforest full of Native American history. In between the rapids, you will enjoy breathtaking scenery. In the summer, the warm North Carolina air meets with the cooler temperature of the Nantahala, and a misty fog forms above the river, adding to its beauty and mystery.

For more than 35 years, Rolling Thunder River Co. has provided amazing North Carolina river adventures on the mighty Nantahala River. To join us for the trip of a lifetime, call 1-800-408-7238.

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 think you will be very happy that you chose to spend your vacation time with Rolling Thunder River Company.

Multiple Options

Rolling Thunder River Company offers adventures on the beginner level Nantahala River in Ocoee River Ratingwestern North Carolina; the intermediate Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee; and a gentle tubing/kayaking trip on the Toccoa River in northwest Georgia. Our focus is on minimizing risk and maximizing safety while providing the most fun you’ve ever had on the water. From gentle float trips to adrenaline pumping whitewater we can provide an awesome array of river adventures for the whole family (well….from age 5 and up).

Seasoned Guides with Rave Reviews

All of our guides are passionate, enthusiastic and skilled whitewater professionals. They are also experts in the history of the river and surrounding area so you can learn while you float. The best way to check out our company and our guides is to read our rave reviews on Tripadvisor.com and Google. You can read how we turned so many ordinary people into enthusiastic, can’t wait to do it again, fist-bumping river rafters. We have two sites on Tripadvisor – one for the Ocoee River and one for the Nantahala River.

Our Experience Counts

The only experience you need for whitewater rafting is ours. We handle all the details, provide all the equipment and instruction you need for your trip.  Then we show you how a family-owned and operated company makes all the difference in your river experience. We have almost 40 years of experience and have thrilled over 1 million guests – one personalized river trip at a time. We have become the preferred river rafting company over the years due to our attention to detail and our personalized service.

Make your online reservation with Rolling Thunder River Company 24/7 or call us at 800-408-7238. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the river!