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“Terrific family adventure!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of USA Raft

USA Raft
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: USA Raft thrills your family or group by making life-long memories and building camaraderie on scenic, guided whitewater rafting trips between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee National Forest. At USA Raft, we don't just raft, we jump, slide, surf and swim! Come play at Mother Nature's waterpark! Come Play at USA Raft !
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Stafford, Virginia
2 reviews
“Terrific family adventure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

We were so greatly impressed with this whole experience, from the extremely professional and friendly (and FUN!) staff and guides to the beautiful and exciting adventure of the rapids. The Daycation Package was a great value for one of those once (or probably twice or more now that we enjoyed it so much) in a lifetime adventures! All staff went out of the way to make every part of the day a terrific experience. We enjoyed the "extreme" adventure on the upper river in the morning and took it a little easier in the afternoon on the scenic and beautiful lower river. The whole day was perfect (even with the rain) and provided our whole family (from ages
7-60) a wonderful life-long memory.

Visited June 2014
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“Spencer was awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

We had a great time you rafting with Spencer our guide at USA raft. The rapids were incredible the weather perfect and everything went great. Thanks Spencer for a wonderful afternoon.

The Nixon's and Neugebauer's

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Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA
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“Family rafting fun on the Lower Pigeon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

My wife and I took two of our kids, ages 3 and 5, on the Lower Pigeon for a short afternoon ride. The two of us had been on several rafting trips before (including class 3 and 4 rapids and even some 3-10' falls) but this was the first rafting trip for our little girls. The five year old had seen a short movie clip of bigger rapids and was pretty apprehensive about the ride.

It was a great day to be on the water, and there were several places where the ride was bumpy enough to give the little ones a thrill. If my wife and I were going alone, we would have found it too tame, but for this trip it was just right.

We rode with one other family (two boys, about 8-10 yrs old) and had a very nice ride. Our 5 yr old paddled quite a bit, and was smiling almost the whole way. The 3-yr old asked to paddle several times (even saying "no, I want to do it myself") and they both managed the child-sized paddle quite well. After one of the bigger set of rapids, the younger girl decided she didn't like it very much, but never showed any sign of fear.

Our guide (Larry) was very good at putting everyone at ease, and kept a conversation going most of the way down the river. He encouraged the girls to paddle, asked them how they were doing, and got them laughing a bit. Because of the age of the four kids, he avoided the more difficult sections, and allowed us to paddle as little or as much as we wanted.

This was very "do-able" for our family of four. I'd certainly recommend it to families, even if your kids are quite young. My wife and I, along with our 5-yr old got out of the boat twice for a brief swim, though this time of year the water was still pretty cool.

Visited June 2014
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Crofton, Maryland
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“Best rafting trip ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Thanks to the entire staff and our raft guide, Larry for an awesome and adventurous ride. Larry's experience and rafting expertise made our rafting trip so enjoyable, we booked another one for tomorrow!

Visited July 2014
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Crofton, Maryland
2 reviews
“Rafting with Larry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

What a great rafting trip. Larry was friendly, funny, and knew what is was doing. Our raft did more on the river than the others and he let us surf several times! Going back tomorrow!

Visited July 2014
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