Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sheltowee Trace Outfitters- Camping & Whitewater Rafting

Our Adventure to the Sheltowee Trace Outfitters is one we treasure! 
They have quite a few different accommodations - the resort is growing quickly. 

Pitch a tent under the stars or rent a "cabin" at Sheltowee Trace Outfitters near Cumberland Falls State Park. The family-run Outfitters provide overnight accommodations for weary rafters after a day on the Class III rapids. The outfitters now has resort cabins available so you don't have to rough it, unless you just want to.

The bunk cabin is a rustic wooden shed with built-in bunks. B.Y.O.B. - bring your own bedding!
It was safe, relatively clean, provided enough electricity to charge a cell phone, a short walk to the bath-house, and boasts a back patio with a built in propane cook-top (pictured below) overlooking the Daniel Boone National Forest.


The Outfitters provides a short lesson in river rafting, all the equipment necessary, and some terrific river guides to take your family on a genuine rafting adventure. Our experience was the perfect introduction to Class III rapids for the boys. (My very own little river rats!) Our guide was professional and experienced. She took the time to explain what we could expect around each exciting bend in the river.

We started the days adventure after watching a 15-20 min. video on rafting and being suited up with helmets & vests. The group loaded into the Sheltowee bus & took a 10 minute drive through the Daniel Boone National Forest and into Cumberland Falls State Park where our guides were waiting with the rafts. After about a mile walk down the park trail we were introduced to our respective guides, went over a few more safety features, and hit the river.

The full day adventure starts at the foot of Cumberland Falls. We got close enough to feel some of the spray & get a good idea of just how powerful the Falls & the Cumberland River really is.
Within minutes we hit our first Class III. Exhilarating is the best way I can think to describe it, but the feeling that came from watching my children discover that kind of interaction on a wild river is indescribable. They were conquering the Cumberland river. They were strong, and proud, and they were explorers!

More info to come with the pictures from our adventure on the river when I find the water-proof camera & get the pics loaded. For now, suffice it to say that I highly recommend the Sheltowee Trace Outfitters & suggest that you get out quick & find a river to enjoy with your family this summer!

Children 6 years and older can participate. Be sure to check the web-site for various trip options as they change according to season: or call 1-800-541-7238.

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