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Health and safety of our guests and staff is our number one priority. H.O. is moving forward with plans to open the season Memorial Day Weekend.

We will be flexible and able to revise plans if necessary.

We will follow all CDC and governmental requirements. If you (the guest) are sick or showing signs of COVID-19 sickness please stay home and get healthy. Same thing for our staff. The buses and shuttle vehicles will run at a lower capacity to allow space between groups. If anyone is worried about the bus ride up we can make arrangements for you to drive yourself up and get the boat at the put in area please call or put it in the comments section when you make your reservations.

Masks are recommended for shuttle rides and in the store. Online waivers are on webpage. Busses will be cleaned between trips, life jackets and boats will also be cleaned between trips. You will have the option of purchasing a new lifejacket at wholesale cost. Public areas and bathhouse will be cleaned regularly. Only guests of the Hiwassee outfitters are allowed in bath house, The number of people will be limited in store and bath house. Also, social distancing will be encouraged.



The Hiwassee River is 5.5 miles of Class I and II whitewater with one low level class III rapid at the end of your trip: “Devil’s Shoals.” It will take roughly two and a half to three hours to complete. Hiwassee Outfitters offers self-guided river trips, so you can go at your own pace! Hiwassee Outfitters has the largest fleet on the river.

view of river and mountains


Family camping trip

Enjoyed our 5th time at the Hiwassee Outfitters! People working there are always hospitable. Fresh water available for camp sites. Bathhouse includes warm showers. It's a camp site so they can become muddy over the weekends but while we were there they were clean. Store provided essential supplies we forgot and everyone picked up a t-shirt. We will be back and recommend if your looking for a great place to relax.

– Rick N., TripAdvisor
Wonderful Trip

My family and I was so glad we made it finally to do some rafting at Hiwassee Outfitters! It's very organized, cleaned and plenty things to do! The workers are friendly and very helpful. I would suggest this to be a must for a family or group to visit they won't regret it! Along with excellent services it has a beautiful scenery there. We will revisit at hopes for a weekend stay!!!!

– Amy M., TripAdvisor
Best place ever!!!

Great staff, fun adventures, awesome setup, and best of all easy too deal with super helpful people. Clean store with good prices and great selections. Clean surroundings, clean bathrooms as much clean as u would expect from a camp ground bathroom. Affordable camping and lodging great for families or get togethers . All boats are in good shape and clean and very very reasonably priced. Everything is a clean and solid run best management ever. The Manager is such a sweetheart and easy to talk to about concerns.

– Roman S., TripAdvisor
Very happy camper/rafter

Our group has been using HO for YEARS! We rent a large portion of the campground for the weekend and raft once. As far as I know we've never had any issues. The bathrooms get pretty rough during the day (as is expected for the type of business) but are regularly cleaned so no complaints. The staff has always been super helpful and the coffee at the restaurant is always ready when I drag myself up there in the morning before anyone else wakes up :-) No cell service..... So plan to be off the grid and ENJOY the peace. Can't wait for our next trip!!!!

– Sheila Marie K., TripAdvisor
Great Outfit!!

Husband and I have met friends here for the past 3 or 4 years and I recommend Hiwassee Outfitters to anyone looking for a Great place to have a relaxing vacation! We stay in the big cabin each time and you can't beat that front porch. The kitchen is big enough to comfortably prepare your meals, plus there's a grill out back. The kids always have a great time riding their bikes. The big front yard is great for throwing a football. Without fail it is such a relaxing time, the views are beautiful. The staff make you feel welcome, the rafting is a good time. I can't say enough good things about HO.

– Hope M., TripAdvisor
Always a good time

We have been going down the Hiwassee River for many years. This is one of a few rivers that can be navigated without a guide and still have a great time with rapids. The equipment is great and we always use the funyaks for the best ride. There's always lots to do, from playing in the water at the back of the campground or playing sports in the big field. It has always been a great experience for us. The staff is friendly and helpful, and having a store on-site is great for the little things. Will definitely be going back and bringing friends.

– Heather J., TripAdvisor
Sure to be a good time here!!

We are locals and it takes us 20 minutes, maybe, to get here to camp. But we try to camp here every chance we get because we just love it here! Great sites, and everyone is good to you! If you haven’t been here, you should! Check the store out for the best shirts ever! Book a trip on the beautiful hiwassee or bring your own floats! Doesn’t matter which one you do, it’s sure to be a good time here!!

– Kelly P., Facebook
NONE have compared

I have been coming to this campground and river since I started walking. I've grown up on that river and I'm now bringing my child here. I'm so thankful that you guys are still going strong. I've been down other rivers but NONE have compared to this one. Thank you. And I loved that last time I was there I saw Charlie. He always hung out with us when we would camp there.

– Jennifer W., Facebook
Huge effort to make you feel welcome

I love this outfitters! They make a huge effort to make you feel welcome and safe on the river! If you have any questions, just ask! They are a really great crew with a wonderful set up right on the river! I highly recommend this business. I have used them for MANY years and NEVER had any problems. They even "rescued" me and a friend when I had an accident and got injured 2 summers ago! Thank you Hiwassee Outfitters!

– Tracy C., Facebook