While the Sunshine State has wonderful opportunities for water recreations such as boating, kayaking, and tubing, it’s no secret that white water rafting in Florida isn’t an available adventure. To experience white water rafting near Florida, you only have to travel a bit north to encounter the splashy thrill of our epic rapids on the Chattahoochee River in Georgia.
Our Whitewater Express location in Columbus, Georgia is conveniently located just a day’s drive from northern Florida. Your adventure on the world’s longest urban white water rafting near Florida is only four hours from Pensacola and three hours from Tallahassee!
Whether you’re looking for a ‘mild’ trip or a ‘wild’ trip, every Whitewater Express trip is accompanied by a member of our highly trained River Guide staff, so rafting experience is not required. In addition, our guides are fun-loving personable professionals well trained in safety, entertainment and things to do in Columbus, history of the surrounding area, and navigating our guest through the many types of trips we offer on the Chattahoochee River.
Rafting is the best way to experience the Chattahoochee for the first time. Holding 5-7 people, our large rafts are great for groups and family trips. Early in the day, during our lower flow, we offer 3 types of trips on our Stretch of the river. We offer the Classic, Family, and Duckie trips.
- The Classic Trip
- The Family Trip
- Inflatable Kayaking (Duckie) Trip
- The Challenge Trip
- The Carnage Trip
The Classic Trip is the most popular of our trips! On this Chattahoochee white water rafting trip for beginners, guests can enjoy class I-III+ rapids. Highlights include a quick start at Ambush Rapid, our popular Habitat Pool lazy river, paddling back into rapids to ‘surf’ the waves, and the finale with Pemberton falls a great class III rapid. This trip is two hours of whitewater fun. Guests must be seven years of age or weigh at least 60lbs to participate.
The Family Trip is the mildest of our whitewater trips. On this two-hour trip, expect splashes and excitement from our great class I-III rapids. Cool off in our Habitat pool, the lazy river section where guests get in river position and the natural current of the Chattahoochee River pulls them downstream. This trip allows you to relax while enjoying the river and spectacular wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, and turtles. This family whitewater rafting trip is recommended for young children, older guests, and those with a fear of water. Our focus is on the river and beauty of our urban environment and the guides do not paddle back in and ‘surf’ the rapids. Guests must be seven years old or 60 lbs to participate.
Up for more adventure at our lower flow? Want to choose your own lines and take the rapids on in a smaller two-man boat? Than the Duckie trip is for you! Named after the small boats used on these two-hour guide assisted trips. Duckies give guests an up-close experience with the river they ride just inches above the waves. Guest twelve years and up can enjoy this upgraded way to run the Chattahoochee.
Most afternoons, Georgia Power releases more water and the river becomes a totally new experience, during high water, we offer two trips: the Challenge and the Carnage.
The Challenge Trip is not your ordinary trip! Experience the biggest whitewater in Columbus, GA and in the Eastern United States! Rocks above your head at lower flows are now rapids to tame at the river’s higher flow. Rafters on this two and a half to three-hour trip are accompanied by expert guides who will guide you into thrilling surfs and through rapids like the world’s largest Waveshaper and the Legendary Cutbait – a massive Class IV+ rapid. Guests must be 12 years old to take on the Challenge!
Looking for an even more exciting way to take on Cutbait? Our final way to experience Columbus, GA whitewater rafting is the Carnage Trip! This VIP experience runs at the same time and course as the Challenge Trip, but with even more of a whitewater thrill! Escorted by one of our Senior guides, guests will take on aggressive surfing and The Legendary Cutbait in our all black mini Ninja raft! These smaller boats seat 4 people plus our guide. Guests must be 12 years of age to participate.