Extreme Chattooga River

July 8, 2013
Charley really enjoyed the chance to get back to South Carolina where he spent sometime during his childhood, while his dad was directing Deliverance. Ken at South Carolina Mountain Lakes has been kind enough to share some great information about the Chattooga River, where Charley and the team have been getting wet and wild with a spot of white water rafting! See the teams photos, or check out this great video of Charley meeting up with old family friend Charlie Wiggins, and read how he felt in Charley’s latest Adventure Journal.


The Chattooga River received a global presence in 1972 when James Dickey’s novel, “Deliverance” was filmed with Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight , Ned Beatty, and of course “the Banjo Boy”, Billy Reddon. Since the film was released over 40 years ago,

Chattooga River rafting and kayaking has become one of the most popular white water river trips in the country. The river has something for everyone, ranging from beginner Class II float trips to extremely advanced adrenaline pumping Class V rafting and kayaking.

In 1974, the river received a national designation as a federally protected “Wild and Scenic River”. As a result, commercial development is not allowed within a quarter mile of its banks and all commercial river trips are tightly managed by the US Forestry such that rafters can enjoy a true wilderness experience without seeing other people on the river throughout their excursion.

The Chattooga River is believed to be the oldest river in the US and the longest undammed river in the southeast. In addition to navigating through the rapids with names such as Jawbone, Sock ‘em Dog, Seven Foot Falls, you will have plenty of opportunities to take a dip in a private swimming hole or jump off of Ambush Rock in to a deep cool pool or walking under a cascading waterfalls. You will also enjoy the experience of viewing nature at its wildest with river banks that are resplendent with Rhododendron, Mountain Laurel and many species of fern and you are quite likely to see some its inhabitants such as deer, wild turkeys, otter, black bear, beaver and eagles.

The surrounding communities are best know for their classic southern hospitality and diverse culture where you will find good food, friendly people, and a wide variety of shopping options, including local craftspeople and artists’ work.

If you are looking for a truly exhilarating adrenaline rush in a wild and scenic wilderness that also offers you a chance to clear your head with clean air to breathe, you will find it here.

For more information on the Chattooga River and white water rafting trips, please visit us at www.SCMountainLakes.com. You can find out more information on their Twitter @SCMountainlakes and Facebook www.facebook.com/MountainLakesCVB?ref=hl.

 To find out more information about things to do in South Carolina, or to start planning your own USA adventure, take a look at the Discover America website where they have lots of great suggestions of things to do. And don’t forget to check out their Facebook and Twitter pages.

 In the meantime, why not live vicariously through Charley and Russ, and follow their adventure road trip around the USA on Facebook and Twitter
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