On May 25, 2013, Whitewater Express opened its whitewater rafting location in Columbus, Georgia, on the Chattahoochee River. Not only is it the longest urban whitewater-rafting course in the world, but it also contains the largest rapid in the Southeast: Cutbait.
The course consists of approximately 10 rapids, ranging from Class I-IV+. Whitewater Express offers two trips. The Classic Trip is the smoother of the two. The trip has Class I-III rapids, and rafters get to experience the “Habitat Pool,” similar to a lazy river. This is for those 7 years old and up.
The High Water trip is for adventure seekers! The trip has Class II-IV+ rapids, and rafters must be at least 12 years old. This trip allows two runs down the river: One run being down the Georgia side and one down the Alabama side. To experience the notorious Cutbait, rafters must be at least 14 years old.
WHY IS IT SO AWESOME?
Many elements make this rafting location and experience more unique than any other. One is the urban setting as you raft down river. As your raft is guided downstream, you move through the heart of Uptown Columbus. Uptown Columbus not only offers a gorgeous backdrop, but when you finish your rafting trip, you can walk into Uptown to dine, shop and play more.
Another great element of rafting in Columbus, Georgia, is its rich history filled with tales from the Civil War and beyond. Rafters will be guided under the very bridge that held the last major battle in the Civil War.
After an adrenaline rush with whitewater, families can bike a 20-mile stretch on Columbus’ Riverwalk. Along the Riverwalk, you can stop at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, National Infantry Museum, the Civil War Naval Museum and many more fascinating places.
READY TO RAFT?
Whitewater Express is open seven days a week. Weekday trips run at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (5:30 is the High Water run.) On weekends, trips run at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (5:30 is the only High Water run.) To find more information, book trips or learn about Whitewater Express’ other locations in Georgia, visit www.whitewaterexpress.com or call 334-298-9521. To discover more about Columbus, visit http://visitcolumbusga.com/.
Katie Bishop was born and raised in Columbus,GA. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2012. She now works as the Marketing Coordinator at Whitewater Express, Chattahoochee.