Chattahoochee White Water Rafting For Beginners

The Classic Trip

Rafting is the best way to experience the Chattahoochee for the first time. The Classic trip is our most popular trip here on the Chattahoochee. Guests will enjoy fun class 1-3+ rapids!

Duration

2 hours long

River Rafting

Up to Class III+
Intermediate

Departure

1000 Bay Ave.
Columbus, GA 31901

Notes

Minimum 60 lbs or 6 years old

About This Trip

This well-rounded trip offers the perfect combination of family fun and adventure. Enjoy a quick start at Ambush Rapid, relax in our natural lazy river, paddle back into rapids to ‘surf’ the waves, and take on exciting rapids like the notorious Pemberton Falls. This well-rounded trip is the perfect combination of fun and adventure. Enjoy learning about rapids, history and the abundant wildlife that surrounds the river.

Trip Highlights:

  • Our most popular Trip!
  • Cool off in our “lazy river” Habitat Float
  • Exciting Rapids like Turner’s Tumbler, Pemberton Falls and Waveshaper
  • Surf Good Wave as spectators watch from the River walk Island

What To Bring

What To Wear

Quick dry, active wear or a swimsuit.

Shoes Are Required

Water shoes, Sandals with a heel strap or old sneakers.

Leave It In The Car

We have 12 x12 lockers for rent. However we recommend that you leave behind all valuables or anything you do not want to lose!

Customer Reviews

  • We had a wonderful family time on a Sunday with our guide Monday. Monday is a wonderful guide who is knowledgeable and fun. He made the trip even more enjoyable with the stories and tidbits of history he shared. This was our first visit to Whitewater Express and we did the Classic trip but my teenage sons are eager to come back and try the Challenge trip.

    Nicole K.
  • The classic trip was a fun intro to rafting The classic trip was a fun intro to rafting.T My teen kids, husband, and I had a blast. Our guide, Tallbird (who could easily be mistaken for Chris Stapleton's brother) was friendly, knowledgeable, and worked to make the outing informative and fun. I would recommend and we will surely be back for the Challenge trip.

    Sandra W.
  • I highly recommend this experience for anyone new to whitewater rafting! We had an awesome time on the classic trip! It was a trip that helps you get acquainted with white water rafting if you are a first-timer. Mateo was our guide, he was helpful, gave us historical information about Columbus and kept the trip entertaining during the downtime. I highly recommend this experience for anyone new to whitewater rafting!

    Alliev

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need experience to raft all trips are Professionally Guided, but you should be comfortable in and around water.

We accommodate 4-7 guests per boat but have a limited number of larger boats that hold up to 9 guests.

 Going for a short swim is always a possibility of a whitewater trip. You’ll be wearing a Type V USCG-approved personal flotation device and we’ll brief everyone on what to expect and how to behave in the event that someone does fall out.

You will get very wet as you will be going through big slashes and waves as you enjoy our great rapids. You also have the choice to float out of the boat the lazy river “habitat float” a narrow mild section of our river that flows through a Blue Heron rookery.

Surfing in a raft is one of the most fun things on our river.  Surfing happens when the raft rides in a wave without flipping. This involves skillful maneuvers from your guide. Since surfing happens in instances when the raft is balanced on top of rapidly circulating water, the chances of having an out of the boat experience is increased.

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Just can’t get enough whitewater time?

Our Season Pass gives you unlimited access to Classic and Challenge rafting trips on the Chattahoochee River. Additionally, passes allow unlimited use of the Blue Heron Zip Line. This pass is valid one year from the date of purchase.

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