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Raft and Ride 2013! Summer Camp for Adults!


Here are the activities we have available still:

Saturday Morning: Tubing or Kayaking on the Hiwassee

Sunday Morning: Combo Ocoee Rafting & Zip Line Tree Canopy Tour

Sunday Afternoon: Horseback Ride

Please message me first if you have any questions on availability.



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 5th 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!

IMBA members, David has arranged for us to extend a $10 discount to you (see below for info).  Come ride at the world famous Tanasi trails system with us!



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 campfire songs and stories. Bring your own to add to the mix! Saturday night's party theme is Graffiti T-Shirt. Bring a white T-Shirt and your markers! We'll also light up the ridiculously high BON FIRE!!

This year we're bringing in a great rock & blues band too!

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 & Canopy Adventure - Fifteen spectacular ziplines, over a mile of adrenaline pumping fun, on a two hour tour!

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 $110 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 - $35
  • Rafting both the Upper and Middle Ocoee - $70
  • Tubing on the Hiwassee - $24 includes rental of tube, lifejacket, and shuttle.
  • Kayaking on the Hiwassee - $36 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 - $26
  • Zip Lining - $58


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 $110+$35+26 for a total of $171. If you'd like to hike on Saturday and Zip Line on Sunday your price is $110+$0+$58 for a total of $168. If you're bringing guests just total up for all attendees. If you have questions on your total please contact me before paying.




IMBA Members receive a $10 discount.  Please contact David Houskeeper BEFORE making payment.  He will direct you to a special IMBA members only payment page.  Additionally, any Organizers, Co-organizers, Event organizers and ride committee members that want to help lead the mountain bike rides through the Tanasi trails will receive a $20 discount.



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)
  • Snacks
  • 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
  • Camera
  • Camp Chairs
  • Lightweight jacket and rain poncho


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Last chance to join 120+ Adventurers for the biggest weekend of fun and adventure in the South! Folks are coming from far and wide to raft the Ocoee, kayak the Hiwasee, zip line or gallup through the Blue Ridge, sit around the bon fire, and rock out to shadowood's great music!

    Yes we still have some great activities open for the weekend!

    Saturday Morning - Kayaking or Tubing on the Hiwassee River
    Sunday Morning - Combo Ocoee Rafting Trip OR Zip Line & Tree Canopy Tour
    Sunday Afternoon - Horseback Riding

    Registration and payment deadline is this Friday, May 31st!

    May 29, 2013

  • David H.

    Sorry, I won't be able to afford this event and then going to Snowshoe afterward. Hope people take advantage of this great offer soon.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How extensive are the mountain bike trails? I was thinking about going just to hike and bike? Is lodging cheaper if I share a small backpacking style tent with my wife? Also, can I pay in late April? We are moving to Cary this month and money is tight. Thanks.

    April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Both the Tanasi and Chilowhee trail systems are nearby. Each has about 20 miles of trails to ride. We usually ride at Tanasi as it's a bit closer. It's the same cost whether you're camping or staying in the bunk houses. Deadline is not until May 31 but some of the activities will start filling soon. If you're just coming to ride and hike you can wait until May to pay.

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks! It is about a 6 hour drive from Raleigh to Eagle Ranch. Most folks arrive Friday evening. We ride Saturday and Sunday. If you'd like to add an additional night lodging either Thursday or Sunday just let me know.

    March 13, 2013

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