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Columbus Whitewater

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Columbus Whitewater, Georgia

One of the world's longest urban whitewater courses is in Columbus, Ga., where the rapids run through the heart of the city using the natural flow of the Chattahoochee River. The course runs from Class I (easy) to Class IV (very challenging), and at its peak makes up the the largest whitewater course east of the Rockies in terms of water volume.

The charming RiverWalk Island path, a smaller pedestrian area off the main Columbus RiverWalk, is the best place to watch. People who want to get in on the action can join daily rafting trips for novices and families. One of the best things about this urban whitewater course is that you can shoot the rapids in the morning and then spend the afternoon (after you get dried off) shopping and dining in some of west Georgia’s best restaurants and boutiques.