Rafting on the Chattahoochee River with Whitewater Express

5 Ways to Explore the Chattahoochee River

Beginning in North Georgia's mountains and flowing hundreds of miles to Georgia's southern border, the Chattahoochee River offers adventure and recreation all along the way. Here are five ways to enjoy our beautiful Chattahoochee River.

East Palisades Trail overlook. Photo by Kimie Yates, @kimielynn
East Palisades Trail overlook. Photo by Kimie Yates, @kimielynn


Thousands of acres along the Chattahoochee River are preserved by the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Hikers enjoy miles of scenic trails winding through the northern suburbs of Metro Atlanta. Explore the historic significance and natural beauty of the Chattahoochee at 15 unique locations.


Fishing for bass and catfish is a great year-round experience on the Chattahoochee River. It's also a great place to find trout! For 48 miles, from Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek, Chattahoochee River is a designated trout stream giving anglers some of the best trout fishing in North Georgia!


A classic summertime tradition, families and friends have a splashing good time floating down the river on inner tubes. Mere minutes from Downtown Atlanta, Nantahala Outdoor Center rents tubes, inflatable kayaks and paddleboards. You and your group can explore up to 8 miles of flatwater and Class I-II whitewater.


Explore the Chattahoochee on guided hikes and canoe paddles with the friendly folks at Chattahoochee Nature Center. In addition to hikes and activities, explorers learn about native plants and animals through the Discovery Center’s interactive exhibits, gardens, and nature exchange.

Whitewater rafting with Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia
Whitewater rafting with Whitewater Express in Columbus, Georgia


Did you know the Chattahoochee River is home to some of the biggest rapids east of the Colorado? There’s no rush like whitewater rafting! Whitewater Express, in Columbus, takes thrill-seekers and families on exciting rafting adventures, “as wild as Colorado and warm as Costa Rica!”

Published: April 2020
Written by: Candy Cook
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