100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus is the third largest city in Georgia (although claims have been made that this distinction goes back-and-forth with Augusta). The humid, sub-tropical climate makes it a great year-round choice for outdoor activities, especially water-based adventures during much of the year. It’s a thriving city, filled with varying museums and places to eat, and perfect for a long weekend of fun!
Here are some outdoor activities and events in Columbus GA that you won’t want to miss!
White Water Rafting
The course in Columbus is the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world! Named “One of the Top 12 man-made Adventures in the World,” rafting on the Chattahoochee, can consist of Class II to Class V rapids, depending on the time of day. Water is released from the dam at different intervals, creating a different experience on the 2.5-mile run.
Russell, our California-surfer-looking Whitewater Express guide, must have drawn the short straw. Two of our five all-female team had never been rafting before. And then there was me…
“Just so you know, my friends left me for dead when we kayaked on the Flint River,” I said. “So I’m claiming the ‘wimp seat,’ wherever that is on the raft.”
“That’s where I sit,” Russell said, deadpan.
“One more thing,” I said. “We’re okay with getting wet, but we don’t want to flip over.”
The rafting trip was an absolute blast! While Russell didn’t navigate us away from the rough water, he always kept our raft right-side-up.
“When I yell ‘hot tub,’ sit down on the floor of the raft, like you’re in a… hot tub,” he’d told us.
He yelled out those directions several times. We screamed, but it worked.
I’ve been whitewater rafting in Thailand, Santa Fe, and South Carolina, but this was my first urban course. It’s surreal to be experiencing whitewater with a cityscape as a backdrop!
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