The human body, unlike raisins, white wine, and the wit of Oscar Wilde, isn't meant to be dry. Succumb to splashy fates with today’s Groupon to Wildwater in Ducktown on the Ocoee River. Rafts seat up to six riders, with no specified weight limit. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a white-water-rafting trip for one on the middle or upper section of the Ocoee River (up to a $51 value).
- For $50, you get a white-water-rafting trip for two on the middle or upper section of the Ocoee River (up to a $102 value).
- For $145, you get a white-water-rafting trip for six on the middle or upper section of the Ocoee River (up to a $306 value).
Wildwater’s expert raft wranglers guide passengers ages 12 and up through the churning waves of the Ocoee River, the setting of the 1996 Olympic white-water course. Prior to embarking on one of the splashy excursions, patrons strap into lifejackets, secure a helmet, and adopt the liveliest paddle of the litter. A three-hour tour, with up to two hours on the waters of the upper river, challenges adventurers to the Olympic course and 5 miles of stomach-juggling white-water. The middle-river course, with up to two hours of water time, carves through smaller, more distributed rapids. Swell surfers need not arrive with experience, as guides will generously share their wisdom and arm strength.
After traversing miles of rapids, riders can sate appetites at Wildwater Willie’s Mine Shaft Restaurant, with classic American fare, beer, and a slideshow of photographs from just-completed river romps. Guests can also enjoy a stationary shower at the Adventure Center, in which visitors provide their own towels and operatic harmonies. According to Wildwater, the best dates to book are between September 26 and September 30, which is when the waters are said to be at their warmest and the foliage along the river is at its most stunning.
Jim and Jeanette Greiner have been helping people escape the concrete ecosystems of everyday life since 1971. That's the year that they founded Wildwater, and as its name suggests, it started as a rafting outfitter that led groups down the rushing waters of the Chattooga River. Today, Wildwater's trained guides still navigate a number of rivers—the Ocoee, Nantahala, and Pigeon, in addition to the Chattooga River—but they've expanded their reach to the land as well. The company offers canopy tours with a combination of ziplines and elevated bridges, inviting guests to take a thrilling trip through the treetops. If clients prefer to stay within a few feet of the ground, they can opt for jeep tours that explore paths beyond the main roads.
Since Wildwater's team values the beauty of the natural environment, they embrace eco-friendly practices intended to help protect the areas they explore. Each of the company's locations strives to minimize its impact by using solar-powered water heaters for the showers, composting leftover food, and painting all of the outdoor equipment with chlorophyll.