COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Whitewater rafting experience is fast becoming the major tourism destination in our area.
The longest urban whitewater rafting course in the country, judged one of the best by USA Today, opened just over a year ago. In recent weeks, another new rapid was added to entice even more thrill seekers to take the plunge.
The expansion is building on the Alabama shoreline, too, with the opening of the new Whitewater Express Chattahoochee Outdoor Academy on July 19, on 3rd Avenue in Phenix City.
The grand opening will feature a free kayak rolling clinic and lessons in stand-up paddle boarding.
It's an exciting time for the economy in Georgia and Alabama, and the river that divides them geographically but unites us all with the promise of growth and prosperity.
The rafters and the spectators bring plenty of spending money, with local restaurants and hotels reaping the most benefits.
Next month, the Georgia Conservancy and Whitewater Express will hold a special event called "The Grand" with goal of sending 1,000 people rafting in one day!
The Chattahoochee River is a tremendous asset to the region and we salute the foresight and determination of the companies and city planners who recognized the possibilities and harnessed its power.
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