This is an Eco-Friendly & low carbon footprint event!
Cost: $575.00 per person
(Includes everything, lodging, tour bus, food, rafting, ziplines*)
Physical Requirement Level: 4 of 10 - Easy to Moderate
Culture Shock Rating:1 of 10- None
Adventure Activities: Class 3-4 White Water Rafting, High Ropes and Zipline Canopy Tour, Hiking, Swimming, Living in Yurts
Minimum people needed for event: 20 fully paid by 1 Sep 13. Please share this event with friends and family.
Experience: No Prior Experienced Needed!
Children Allowed: Yes, ages 13+
Pets Allowed: Sorry no pets.
New Rafting, Upgraded Lodging, New Luxury Tour Bus!
Its back! Get ready for awesome fun from start to finish, one of the Tampa Adventure Group's most popular adventure-filled trips to the Carolinas. Get ready for whitewater rafting the famous Chattooga River, zipping through forests, and hiking or paddling on lakes during this multi-sport adventure! Its true, we upped this from awesome to epic by adding new luxury tour coach transportation. Ride in style and comfort with everything you need for the ride North into the mountains. See the details below!
- 4 Day 3 night in authentic Yurts (Cabin-like structures)
- Full day guided class 3-4 rafting with lunch on the river
- Adrenaline-packed zip line adventure (6 hours total)
- *New* 2013 luxury tour coach for round trip transportation
- 3 Full hot breakfasts
- 3 BBQ or grilled Southern-Style dinners
- 2 Build-your-own sandwich lunches buffet
- Helmets, splash top or wetsuit, and life jackets for rafting
- Harness and helmet for ziplining
- Bonfires for relaxation at night
- Campfire smores
- Fun-filled adventure pictures of you throughout the event
- Professional photos while rafting by a local photographer
- TAG staff to guide the trip so you can relax
- TAG "Quality Event Promise!"
This is a multi-adventure trip and features guided whitewater rafting, guided high canopy zip-line tour. The local area also offers hiking, walks, photography, swimming, volleyball, horse shoes,and more.
White Water Rafting
The Chattooga Wild & Scenic River begins at the base of Whitesides Mountain in North Carolina and flows in a southwesterly direction to form the border between South Carolina and Georgia. One of the wildest and most beautiful whitewater rivers in the country, the Chattooga was the first river in the Southeast to be designated "Wild and Scenic" in 1974 by Congress and was used as a location for the movie Deliverance. Yeah, don't stop paddling if you hear banjos. The Sumter and
Chattahoochee National Forests surround you while on this wilderness adventure river.
Section IV of the Chattooga, the section that you will raft for 7 hours, covers the steepest section of river currently being run on a commercial basis in the Southeast. In a 1/4 mile gorge, the river drops more than 75 feet through the famed Five Falls: Entrance, Corkscrew, Crack-In-the-Rock, Jawbone, and Sock-Em Dog. Section IV can be the ultimate challenge for beginner and experienced whitewater paddlers, but don't worry there is a skilled guide in each raft, and saftey is the number one priority.
High Canopy Zip Lining
More than just a zipline, Chattooga Ridge Canopy tour takes you through multiple ecosystems and into grand old white oak and maple treetops. Take flight above the forest floor blanketed with
mountain laurel, rhododendron, flam azalea, and other native plants. While in flight, watch for our hawks, deer, and other wildlife while rangers share the cultural history of the Long Creek Academy and the Chattooga River region.
Each participant is provided with the equipment to safely navigate the course, including full body harnesses, trolley, helmets, gloves, and tether lines. The tours also provide two Association Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) trained Canopy Rangers for each group to give insight on the wildlife and to guide you safely down the ziplines.
This zipline canopy experience gives you over 1/2 mile of air time with:
- Ground school to learn how to safely zip line and practice these safety techniques on a practice zip
- A hoist up to our Triceratops platform to provide an exhilarating start to the canopy tour
- Four bridges
- Ten ziplines between trees and elevated platforms
- Four zips across the beautiful Academy Lake
- Over nine scenic and historic acres of flying area with the Wildwater Chattooga property and Academy Lake.
On the zipline day we advice TAG members to wear t-shirts (not tank tops) and pants in order to have a more comfortable flight. Harness seats will wrap around your upper thigh, shoulders, and waist, so collared shirts and long pants will be more comfortable. Closed toed shoes are required for those that wish to enjoy the zipline experience. Long hair must be tied back and secured. TAG will be there to take lots of fun-filled adventure canopy photos, available to you for free after the trip.
Yurts are a bridge between past and future, first seen in the 12th centuries. To live in a yurt is to reconnect with our natural origins, and rekindle our potential for living simply. The smooth round walls and soft light create an easy elegance. The tall ceilings and artfully exposed rafters provide a unique airy living space with unlimited possibilities.
The group Yurts are a convenient place for you to stay when you visit the Chattooga during this adventure. Nestled on the edge of the woods, overlooking Academy Lake and steps away from the Adventure Center, its the perfect location for TAG members to call home for four days. The yurts have bunkbeds with mattresses for sleeping, small tables & benches, ceiling fan, large outside decks with picnic tables, power, lights, and small heaters. No sheets, pillows, blankets or towels are provided so make sure you bring your sleeping bag, pillow, and blankets.
The Commons building has 6 individual bathrooms with private showers, toilet & sink as well as 2 additional toilets & sinks. The multi-purpose building will be the area which meals are cooked in and includes a full indoor kitchen that includes a refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cooking utensils, pots & pans, and silverware.
You will enjoy meals and relaxation in a screened in dining room, an outside grill for BBQ meals, and fire pit with seating area area for smores and campfires each night.
Note: Times are subject to change slightly due to weather and traffic conditions
Thursday, 24 Oct 13 - Day 1 - Travel North in Luxury Tour Bus
7:00AM: Please arrive on time and pull up next to the big white tour bus located outside in front of the big North parking garage. The white tour bus will be parked with their lights on outside in front of the parking garage. Once you drop off your bags, park your car in the garage and walk back to the tour bus tocheck in with the TAG guide and find a comfortable seat for the fun ride North. Sit back and relax, there will be a bathroom on board so feel free to bring your favorite beverage on-board for the trip. Please remember to drink alcohol responsibly, and respect those around you who may be sleeping or reading.
After everyone has checked in with TAG and all bags are loaded, we will begin driving north toward Atlanta, cross into South Carolina, and arrive at our new home for the 4 days. You will have lunch along the way during a restaurant stop, and arrive at the Yurts in the late afternoon around 6-7PM. Dinner will be provided with the rest of the night yours to explore the local area or sit around the fire to relax.
Friday, 25 Oct 2013 - Day 2 - Awesome Rafting
Get ready for awesome rafting! Wake up and enjoy hot breakfast, coffee and tea in the dining area next to the Yurts. After breakfast we will drive down to the river area to meet the raft guides. Sign waivers, put on wet suits, helmet and life jacket, and attend the safety briefing, then we will take a short walk to the river where we will launch the rafts.
You will break half way down the river for swimming and a hearty lunch buffet on the river bank. After lunch enjoy another half day of rafting down the river into Lake Tugaloo, where a boat will tow you back to the Adventure center. Feel free to shower and change into warm clothes, dinner will be prepared and served in the dining area after you return from rafting. After dinner enjoy a night hike around the lake or join others around the bonfire for smores.
Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 - Day 3 - Canopy Tour and Zipline
Wake up and enjoy a hot breakfast, coffee and tea. After being fueled up with breakfast the first group of 10 people will ride to the nearby zipline adventure at 9:00AM area to sign waivers and meet the guides. The second group of 10 will be shuttled over at 10:00AM to get suited up in your canopy gear. Personalized instruction, specialized gear and your Canopy Rangers will take you on an unforgettable experience on 10 ziplines and seven bridges through an Appalachian forest and over a creek and lake.
Plan on the experience lasting about 3 hours. In warm weather; shorts, T-shirt, tennis shoes or other closed-toed footwear, allergy medications, sunscreen and glasses strap if your wear them. In cooler weather add wool sweaters, wool socks, synthetic fleece jackets, fleece or wool hat, etc. Bring a rain jacket if you have one. Better to be prepared for the worst than under-dressed. Most jewelry should be removed and long hair restrained. A light sandwich lunch or finger food will be ready as soon as you return from ziplining. Before dinner enjoy some free time to relax and or a hot shower. After dinner relax around the last campfire and roast smores.
Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 - Day 4 - Travel Home
Hot breakfast, coffee, and tea, and will be available when you wake up. Please pack up promptly after breakfast so we can begin loading the tour bus and begin the cruise back to Tampa. You will have the chance to eat lunch on the way home during a restaurant stop. Depending on traffic and weather conditions you should arrive back at your cars late that afternoon or into the early evening.
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Brand New 2013 Temsa Luxury Coach
- 40 seats
- WiFi internet stay connected for work, school, or home
- 4 widescreen 15.4" LCD flat monitors
- In-motion Satellite TV and DVD, AM/FM/CD,
- Latest GPS navigation technology so we don't get lost
- Reclining seats with 3 point seat belts, relax in comfort
- Overhead storage for your bags or snacks
- Under floor baggage for our suitcases
- Rear window,
- Individual 110v outlets to charge laptops, cell phones, and tablets, and other electronics while your online or offline.
- Restroom! No more stopping every 50 miles for bathroom breaks, it's awesome traveling with our favorite creature comforts, this is practically like sitting at home.
We also have authorization to bring snacks and drinks on board but food and drinks must remain in sealed spill-proof containers. No open cups or bottles will be allowed. Alcohol IS permitted on the coach as we travel, but it must be in a spill proof sealed container, no open cups! Its great to have a drink, have fun and relax, but please be responsible and limit your drinking, excessive drinking will NOT be tolerated and you will be asked by the driver to exit the coach.
TAG does its best to contribute to the environment's health by reducing the carbon footprint of traveling groups. You see, traveling by charter coach is the most ecologically sound method of transportation available. We will reduce road-way traffic by removing as many as 30 cars off the road, during this trip The carbon footprint of a single diesel charter bus is significantly smaller than the many cars it would take to move the same number of people. In fact a passenger on a charter bus uses 85% less fuel, than a passenger in a Hybrid car. Plus, the carbon dioxide output is a whole lot less than a loaded jet-liner, the vehicles you'd have to rent or use, once you got to your destination, or even the train. Especially, because we always use ultra-low sulfur content fuel, which helps keep our air cleaner. The coach uses the latest EPA 2010 clean diesel technology to reduce exhaust emissions including a Diesel Particulate Filter and Diesel Exhaust Fluid.
*If you have a food allergy please let TAG know so we can have an alternate food option ready.
Bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs, grits, fruit, cereal, milk, juice, coffee, tea, muffins, and more.
Build-your-own sandwich buffet with assorted breads, meats, cheeses, all condiments, cookies with a drink or make a salad.
South Carolina Dinners
Hamburger/hotdog cookout with sides, drinks, and dessert
Southern Carolina BBQ pulled pork, sides, drinks and dessert
Total cost $575.00 per TAG member and each guest
$100 non-refundable* deposit due upon registration.
You will receive an invoice for the remaining $475.00 balance that is due after registering. You can pay online, by phone, or by check, please contact TAG for more details.
Final payment of $475.00 is due no later than 1 September 2013 or you to forfeit your reservation and deposit.
Refunds will NOT be issued if you do not show!
Refunds will NOT be issued within 30 days of the event!
Full refunds will be issued in full if the event is canceled including deposit
Whats not included: Tips for guides, tips for the tour bus driver, lunch on the first and last day while traveling.
Standard vacation items for 4 days
- Cash tips for bus driver and rafting guides
- Comb / Brush
- Shampoo / Conditioner
- Hairstyling products
- Soap / Face wash
- Hand sanitizer
- Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Floss
- Shaving cream
- Glasses / Contact lens supplies
- Personal hygiene supplies
- Nail clippers
- Comfortable clothes to ride in the tour coach
- Light jacket or long sleeve shirts for cools nights
- PJ's or comfortable clothes to sleep in
- Tshirt and long pants for ziplining
- Swim wear with shirt while rafting
- Shorts for warmer days
- One casual outfit per day of travel per person (up to 4)
- One dressy outfit
- One sweater / jacket
- Underwear / delicates
- Shoes (athletic, flip flops, sandal/boot, casual)
- Warm sleeping bag or sheets and blankets
- Credit / Debit cards / Cash
- Camera / Video camera / Charger
- Pillow case
- Poncho / Rain coat
- Day pack (for carrying day items)
- Travel clock / Watch
- Laundry bag
- Cell phone / Charger
- Laptop / Tablet / Charger
- Bug repellent
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Cell phone and charger
- Sun Block
- Hiking boots
- Small backpack
- Cash to tip the river rafting guides, and zipline guides
- Notebook / Journal
- Playing cards
- Handheld electronic games
- Kindle / E-Reader
Yurts for our group within the trees
Bunkbeds inside of our Yurts.
Screened in common area and tables.
Our Yurts on the hill.
Big drop on the Chattooga River!
The beautiful Chattooga River famous for the movie Deliverance.
Upper Chattooga River
Chattooga white water.
Hard hit on the Chattooga
"Team Awesome" TAG's top rafting crew, see if you can hit the rapids harder than this group!
Zipping over the Chattooga River!
Skimming the lake on the zipline.
Above the tree tops.
One of the many suspension bridges you will cross.
Drive up to the large white tour bus at 7:00AM parked in front of the North parking garage at the Tampa Hard Rock Casino. Unload your bags then park your car on the 2nd story of the parking garage and walk back down to the tour bus.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino
5224 Orient Road, Tampa, FL 33610
Click here for directions and maps to the Hard Rock Casino
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