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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 you to use since you can hear about someone’s experience with us in their own words. – not ours.
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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 sure the dates you want are available.
Booking Your 2017 Whitewater Rafting Adventure
At Rolling Thunder River Company, we are thrilled to over whitewater adventures for people of nearly all ages and skill levels. Both kids and adults will love spending a day on the river creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned rafting enthusiast, make sure a day with Rolling Thunder River Company is part of your summer schedule!
What to Expect
We offer whitewater rafting adventures on the Ocoee River and the Nantahala River. The Nantahala is a favorite among beginners and families with younger children. The 8-mile trip will take you through calm, flat water as well as more than 20 whitewater rapids.
The Ocoee River provides a few more thrills, and you can choose the full river or just the upper section or middle section. The Ocoee boasts the most continuous stretch of class III and IV rapids in the United States, and it’s a favorite among rafting enthusiasts around the world!
Booking Your Trip
When you choosing Rolling Thunder River Company, booking your whitewater rafting adventure is easy! All you need to do is visit our calendar, choose a date, and click on the trip you’re interested in. Let us know how many people will be in your party, select any other options you’re interested in, submit your payment, and you’re good to good! You’ll receive a confirmation of your reservation immediately.
If you need help booking your whitewater rafting adventure, we’re always available! Thank you for choosing Rolling Thunder, and we can’t wait for another great season in 2017!
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 really no way to tell just how wet you’ll get on one of our river adventures. Some folks come back barely damp and others come back looking like they took a bath fully dressed. Believe it or not, most folks want to get soaking wet. So the answer is – it really depends on a number of factors that differ from rafting trip to rafting trip.
While we can’t guarantee just how wet you will or won’t get, there are a few tips that you can follow before even getting on the river.
Sit Toward the Back of the Raft
Those who sit in the front of the raft will usually get wetter than anyone in the raft.
The front of the raft usually hits the rapids first and the ensuing splash will get those in front as wet as rain. There’s no way around it. By sitting toward the back of the raft, you’ll avoid the majority of a large splash, but we can’t guarantee anything about getting splashed from the side!
Wear Water Repellent Clothes
If you are more concerned about getting wet and staying wet, then we recommend wearing light, water repellent clothing. Most people wear a swimsuit or light fast drying shorts and a t-shirt. You don’t want to wear heavy clothes thinking they will keep you dry. Heavy clothes will actually keep you wet and weigh you down. Light, water repellant clothing works best for those who are trying to stay as dry as possible and dry off as quickly as possible.
Ask Us For A Splash Jack Free of Charge
Rolling Thunder also offers each customer a splash jacket free of charge. A splash jacket is a long sleeved, rubberized, high necked garment which will keep your top half pretty dry. Your bottom half will be wet but will usually dry quickly as you bounce from one rapid to another.
In the end, you’re going to get wet on any whitewater rafting adventure that you take.It’s a matter of taking measures to try and control just how wet you’ll get and how quickly you’ll be able to dry off. Always be sure to bring an extra set of dry clothes for after the adventure. You may not need them, but it’s best to be prepared. The only way we can truly guarantee that you won’t get wet is if you stay in the bus – and that’s no fun!
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 on the Ocoee and Toccoa Rivers
When you visit our Ocoee River Rafting Center and Toccoa River Tubing Center in McCaysville, Georgia, you’ll be presented with multiple options for an unforgettable adventure.
Relaxing Trips Down the Toccoa
The Toccoa River provides tubing, canoeing and kayaking adventures for beginners as well as families with children who are too young to embark on a whitewater trip – ages 5 an up.
Located in north Georgia, the Toccoa River is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to enjoy the gentle flow of the water and relax.
Exciting Ocoee Adventures
The Ocoee River provides some of the best whitewater rafting in the Southeast United States. The Ocoee has two separate sections – the upper and the middle – and both provide unforgettable adventures.
The middle section stretches five miles through nearly continuous class III and IV rapids and takes rafters through the Ocoee’s scenic rocky gorge. The five-mile upper section features more than 20 rapids, some of which that are more intense than those found in the middle section. This span contains the actual course from the 1996 Summer Olympic whitewater events, and it’s the perfect place to actually experience history.
Not sure whether you should choose the upper section or the middle section? On some days, we offer full-river trips. During this adventure, you’ll experience more than 40 rapids and spend nearly the entire day on the river. Our full-day trips also include a catered lunch along the river.
Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing day floating down the Toccoa River or a thrilling adventure on the Ocoee, contact Rolling Thunder’s Ocoee/Toccoa River Rafting Center in McCaysville, Georgia! We’ll help you plan an adventure that’s perfect for any ages, skill levels and experience levels.
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 incredibly proud to have the most enthusiastic, hardest working staff on the river, and we owe our guests our deepest gratitude for allowing us to do what we love year after year. Without guests who share our love for the water and passion for adventure, we’d never be able to continue living this incredible dream.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing online reviews you’ve posted throughout the season. They are integral to our success, and we take the time to read each and every one. While time doesn’t allow us to respond to each review personally, please know that we do read and appreciate them. Our staff members’ faces light up when we read them your reviews.
Guests need to know they can trust a river company and its staff when planning a rafting adventure, and your reviews go a long way toward helping people view recognize Rolling Thunder as a trustworthy, reputable company for many years. We truly thank you for putting your trust in Rolling Thunder and for helping others choose us when they’re planning a river adventure.
Next year marks our 40th anniversary, and we’re already at work behind the scenes preparing for this monumental occasion. What we have in store is still a surprise, but be on the lookout for announcements regarding our 40th anniversary celebration in the coming months!
From all of us at Rolling Thunder, THANK YOU again for your support during the 2016 season and throughout the 39 years we’ve been in operation. We can’t wait to see you again next year!
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 for a busy season of rafting adventure and river fun. We run two dam-controlled whitewater rivers from April 1 until the end of September.
The Nantahala River in Western North Carolina
Class 1, 2 and 3
First Year Guides Welcome –Free Training
The Ocoee River in Southeastern Tennessee
Class 3, 4 with a few borderline 5’s
Experienced guides sought
Good housing provided onsite.
Successful family owned and operated company with a respectful, fun work
Rolling Thunder River Company guides are expected to be willing to help anywhere, anytime and with anything.
If you are a responsible lover of the outdoors and you are over the age of 18, we’d love for you to spend your summer with us! To apply to work as a guide at Rolling Thunder, click here to download a printable application.
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 City is a vacation paradise for any outdoor lover. Surrounding the small town are numerous activities, including exciting kayaking and rafting adventures on the Nantahala River, fishing and boating on Fontana Lake, breathtaking scenic railroad excursions, mountain biking on the Tsali trails and a number of trout fishing opportunities on world class streams. There are also several waterfalls to check out and plenty of trail for hiking and horseback riding.
Bryson City History
The area that is now known as Bryson City has been inhabited by Native Americans for almost 14,000 years. The oldest Cherokee village, Kituhwa, was located along the Tuckasegee River just upstream of present-day Bryson City.
In 1889, the city officially became known as Bryson City to commemorate the services rendered to the city by Colonel Thaddeus Bryson. Since opening in 1933, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has provided a major source of revenue for Bryson City and all of Swain County. Author and outdoors enthusiast Horace Kephart worked from Bryon City years and was an early supporter of the creation of the park.
Modern-Day Bryson City
Today, Bryson City remains a popular tourist destination for outdoors enthusiasts. It is surrounded on nearly all sides by mountains: The Great Smoky Mountains to the north, the Plott Balsams to the east and the Cowee Mountains to the south. To the south of the city also lies the boundary of the Nantahala National Forest, a popular destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking.
At Rolling Thunder River Company, we are proud to be a top Bryon City rafting outfitter. We offer the best whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, and we strive to ensure the satisfaction and safety of each and every guest. The 2015 rafting season may be over, but it’s never too early to start planning your 2016 adventure! Visit us online to learn more about Nantahala river rafting.