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Raft and Ride 2014! Summer Camp for Adults!

This event is being presented by Outdoor Club South. Please direct any questions to the Event Host, Dante, by posting a comment below or sending a message via his profile.


Summer Camp for Adults!

Raft through the rivers and ride through the hills of beautiful Tennessee on this awesome weekend of fun and adventure!

The 6th Annual Raft and Ride event will be held at Eagle Ranch, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Copperhill, Tennessee. Join OCS members from across the South for a big weekend outdoors with activities for everyone!

The fun begins Friday!  You're welcome to arrive any time Friday or even early Saturday morning.  On Friday, there will be various options for day hiking and mountain biking.  We should return to the ranch by late afternoon.  Back at the ranch we can play volleyball, frisbee, kickball and field games. After dinner we'll play drinking games, hang out at the fire circle and make new friends.

Saturday begins with a great Eagle Ranch breakfast.  You'll need it for our fun-filled day!  Saturday is RAFTING day and you can choose from the following:

Rafting the Ocoee - The world famous Ocoee river offers some of the best Class III & IV rafting in the U.S.  Eagle Ranch guides will take us safely down the river, soaking us while we have fun!  There will be options for rafting both the middle (mild) and upper (crazy) sections of the river this year!

Tubing or Kayaking the Hiwassee - The beautiful Hiwassee river flows gently through the Tennessee hills. Rentals available or Bring Your Own Boats!

Back at the ranch again, we'll play more games, throw horse shoes, or find nearby hiking and mountain biking trails; Eagle Ranch itself has over 120 acres to explore!  Dinner is followed by great music by shadowood!  They'll rock us into the night and then we'll light up the ridiculously high BON FIRE!!

The next morning starts with another hearty Eagle Ranch breakfast.  Sunday is RIDING day and you can choose from the following:

Horseback Riding - A ride through the scenic trails with views of the hills and valleys all around!

Mountain Bike Riding (bring your own bike).  We'll have beginner and intermediate level rides through the world class Tanasi and Chillowee systems!

Zip Line Adventure - 2 hours on thirteen spectacular zips, 2 towers, 3 sky bridges and 12 canopy decks - over a mile of adrenaline pumping fun!

If that's not enough for you we'll have options for hiking, mountain biking, and road biking all weekend!


This year all activities are a la carte.  To determine your total due just add the amount for the activities you want to do to the base package.  When you make payment you'll need to adjust the amount.  Examples are below.

The base package is $115 and includes:

Lodging for Friday and Saturday nights.

Dinner for Friday & Saturday nights.

Breakfast for Saturday & Sunday.

Live entertainment and parties!

Coffee service.

For lodging you'll have a choice of either sleeping under the stars (bring your tent) or using the bunk houses (bring sheets and pillows).  The bunk housing, HOT showers and camping area are just a short walk from the pavilion where we share our meals.  The tent camping area is a nice wide field with plenty of room for everyone to spread out.

Start with the base package and then add your favorite adventures below!

Choose ONE Saturday event:

Hiking or mountain biking - FREE

Rafting the Middle Ocoee - $36

Rafting both the Upper and Middle Ocoee - $72

Tubing on the Hiwassee - $24 includes rental of tube, lifejacket, and shuttle.

Kayaking on the Hiwassee - $35 includes rental of sit on top or inflatable kayak, PFD, and shuttle.

Bring Your Own Boat - FREE - On either the Hiwassee (beginners) or Ocoee Middle (experienced).  Shuttles will be $10 - 20 cash that day depending on boat size.

Choose ONE Sunday event:

Mountain biking or hiking - FREE

Horseback Riding - $31

Zip Lining - $84

How to calculate your price:

You MUST purchase the base package to attend. Then just add the prices for your chosen activities to it. When making payment please ADJUST THE PAYMENT AMOUNT.

For example if you want to Raft the Middle Ocoee on Saturday and Horseback ride on Sunday your price is $115+$36+31 for a total of $182.  If you'd like to hike on Saturday and Zip Line on Sunday your price is $115+$0+$84 for a total of $199.  If you're bringing guests just total up for all attendees.  If you have questions on your total please contact me before paying.




Required Items:

You will need to bring your own LUNCHES for both Saturday and Sunday. We'll be in the field both days around lunch so bring a day bag you can use. The kitchen is not available for our use.

Drinks (Water, Soda, Beer)


Rafting, Tubing, Kayaking - Swim wear (NO COTTON) and old tennis shoes or water shoes. Towels and change of clothes.

Mountain Bike Rides - Bring your own bike and safety gear. Helmets are MANDATORY.

Hiking - Hiking Shoes and Attire, Water - 2 liters, Head Lamp for Night Hike

Recommended Items:

Personal Toiletries


Camp Chairs

Lightweight jacket and rain poncho

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  • Rebecca m.

    Had a blast cant wait to do it again next year!

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Dante

    We have a spot open due to cancellation. Comes with rafting middle Ocoee and zip line. $235. Contact me if you're interested.

    May 29, 2014

  • Dante

    The deadline has passed for registration as I've called our numbers in to the outfitters. If you'd like to join us for something similar we will be posting a trip to Lake Jocassee with hikes, creek scrambling, and waterfalls for late June.

    May 26, 2014

  • Rohini N

    Hi, I am really interested in joining the camp, but I do not have a car to get there and I do not see any carpool locations on the meetup. Is there any way to work this out? I live in Nashville and would like to know if anyone is driving from/around Nashville and can carpool. Please let me know! thanks :)

    May 22, 2014

  • Dante

    Hi folks! Please note the deadline for registration and payment is this Friday May 24. Don't wait until the last minute as some of the activities are beginning to fill!

    May 21, 2014

  • Jennifer B.

    Is there still room to sign up for this?

    May 13, 2014

    • Dante

      Yes plenty of room still but don't wait too long!

      May 13, 2014

  • Rebecca m.

    I dont know if it matters but I prefer a bunkhouse if one is available, otherwise let me know so I can pack my tent if need be.

    April 9, 2014

    • Dante

      No reservation required for bunks or tents. You can even bring your tent and decide on arrival. Tents give more privacy and quiet but of course you have to deal with the elements. The camping areas are a short walk through the field from the main pavilion.

      April 9, 2014

  • Rebecca m.

    Ok so I am going to ask one more final question and then I will go ahead and submit my payment after you reply. So in the event that it happens to rain all weekend what kind of alternate activities would be offered?

    April 7, 2014

    • Rebecca m.


      April 8, 2014

    • Rebecca m.

      Yayy I just made my payment and will do rafting Saturday and hiking Sunday. This really sounds fun thanks for hosting this!

      April 8, 2014

  • Rebecca m.

    Never mind I just saw it in the description lol.

    March 23, 2014

    • Dante

      You can RSVP now and make payments later. Your spot isn't held until payment is received though. The ranch can sleep 300 so we haven't filled that up ever but some of the activities have limited spots so don't wait too long.

      1 · March 27, 2014

    • Donna "Rocksee" C.

      I just RSVP'd loved it last year. Coming back for more!

      April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the horse back riding guided and is it where the horses lope along following one another??
    Also, can we pay for activities after we get there, if we are undecided?

    March 28, 2014

    • Dante

      Yes it is guided and a trail ride where the horses follow each other. If you're an experienced rider they are usually ok with you riding ahead some though it depends on the group as well.

      April 3, 2014

  • Rebecca m.

    What kind of lodging is offered? Is it tent camping or do you have a room? Let me know thanks.

    March 23, 2014

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