In the Victorian era, teatime without doilies and riding a penny-farthing down a mild incline were considered extreme sports. Today's Groupon would shock such staid sensibilities: for $23, you get a white-water-rafting trip on the Ocoee River with Big Frog Expeditions in Benton (up to a $46 value).
Big Frog Expeditions charts a course for exploration with safe and exciting white-water excursions down the flowing water tresses of the vibrant Ocoee River. Customers can choose to travel the Upper Ocoee River or the Middle Ocoee River on one of the available rafting dates, spending one-and-a-half of their three to four hours tackling the rapids with Big Frog. The Middle Ocoee contains 26 adventure-packed rapids over a five-mile stretch of dam-controlled river. The Upper Ocoee section began displaying its thoroughbred prowess while hosting the 1996 Olympic white-water competition, splashing the world's best athletes with splashes of raw adrenaline.
Once on the aqueous road, professional guides commandeer the self-bailing rafts, steering through frothy spumes of continuous class III and IV rapids. Big Frog Expeditions provides all of the necessary white-water equipment, including Coast Guard–approved personal flotation devices, paddles, and helmets, along with transportation to the launching site, pretrip orientation, and a gearing-up session.
Like most fun activities regulated by state law, participants must be at least 12 years old to participate in the rafting trip. Appropriate warm-weather attire includes a swimsuit, shorts and a t-shirt, river sandals or old tennis shoes, a change of clothes, and dry shoes for postwater dampness relief. Once teleported back to base camp via shuttle, take advantage of Big Frog's hot showers and changing rooms, where adventure-groggy torsos are cleansed while rapidly washed heads reminisce quietly about the heart-thumping extremes of the day.
1278 Welcome Valley Rd.
Benton, Tennessee 37307