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White-Water Rafting

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

Escape the Heat

Head for the Ole Swimmin' Hole...

When I was just a little boy we would all head to the old swimming hole when the summer days were so hot that the tar came oozing out of the roadways and the road would burn our bare feet as we quickly ran to get to a shady spot.  But that was sixty years ago.  Now a days, there is a better way to beat the heat of summer.  You don’t just go to the mountains to escape the heat; you go to the mountains to ride the rapids.  White water rafting is the new adventure and it’s safe, invigorating, enjoyable and challenging as you splash and turn into and out of the swirling currents of the Nolichucky River as it meanders down the side of the mountain, mile after leisure mile from the North Carolina line down into the low valleys of the river plain.

Ridin' the Rapids...

No one had even heard of white-water rafting when I was a boy, or if they had they kept it to themselves, but this is a different time.  Everyone wants to try something exciting, to get a new thrill- ever try bungee jumping?  See what I mean?  People are trying anything to get a thrill these days.  A few years ago I came upon a way to beat the heat, and try something new at the same time.  I was working at the local Boy & Girls Club and the school year had just finished for the summer.  As the different summer activities were being planned for the kids, one thing caught my eye, Cherokee Adventures.  I had heard of people riding the rapids of the Nolichucky River not far from our hometown, everyone seemed to have good things to say and of course I was primarily interested in the safety for the children.

Family and Group Rates...

I found that there were trips down the river planned for families and groups and that everything would be explained in detail when we arrived.  I had seen the renovated school buses used to transport the rafts as well as those interested in the trip up the mountain to the starting point which was almost up to the North Carolina state line.  There was ‘all day trips’ covering the whole river just about or lesser trips for ‘half-day’ adventures.  Safety was stressed from the onset of the initial orientation, on the bus trip up the mountain to the head waters and even on the rafting trips down the river.  The guides were fabulous with their understanding of the equipment and the various dangers that might be confronted with the rapids and currents generated by the natural force of the water as it tumbles over and around the rocks on its downward flow towards the starting point of the adventure.

Why not run to the mountains when the days get hot and sticky this summer.  Connect with Cherokee Adventures for a cool experience this summer.


Fun, Fun, Fun...



Jul 26, 2011 8:41am
My white-water rafting and bungee jumping days are long gone. Nice article though.
Jul 26, 2011 10:34am
Thanks Tom glad you like this. Hey, we can still dream, can't we...
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