The Best Rafting Rivers for Fall
Rafting the Chattooga River, Georgia
FALL LINE: Georgia's Chattooga River in its fall flourish  (courtesy, Georgia Department of Economic Development)

River-rafting operations can run well into November on some rivers when fall rainfall permits. And while it may be getting a little chilly for long days on the water, highlights include the chance to see the changing fall foliage from the privileged vantage of a raft. Fall is also the only time to run such dam-fed classics as the Gauley River in West Virginia and slightly-tamer Tieton River in the gorges west of Yakima, Washington. You also can dodge the bigger crowds and heat of the Grand Canyon by running the Big Ditch outside of peak summer season.

Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine
Chattooga River, Georgia/South Carolina
Cumberland River, Kentucky
Dead River, Maine
Deerfield River, Massachusetts
French Broad River, North Carolina
Gauley River, West Virginia
Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, Arizona
Hudson River, New York
Nantahala River, North Carolina
Ocoee River, Tennessee
Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River, Kentucky
Stanislaus River, California
Tieton River, Washington
West River, Vermont

Published: 10 Jun 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


Sign up to Away's Travel Insider

Preview newsletter »