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Wildwater Reopens After Brief Coronavirus Closure

May 21, 2020

Media Contact

Katie Richter
Darby Communications
828.254.0914 o / 716.572.3467 c

Long Creek, SC

Wildwater, the premier whitewater rafting and adventure outfitter of the Southeast, is excited to announce that it has resumed activities at all five of its adventure centers, with new social distancing and health guidelines in place.

Currently celebrating its 50th season on the river, Wildwater decided to suspend all activities in mid-March as the US entered its struggle with COVID-19. With locations in four states across the Southeast (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee), Wildwater has closely monitored the situation in each state, and has acted in accordance with orders and guidelines set out by those states’ governors, as well as the CDC and the White House. As each of those four states have entered the first phases of their respective re-opening plans, Wildwater has followed suit and decided to reopen with the necessary health precautions advised by the CDC.

“We’ve kept a close eye on this from the beginning, and the wellbeing of both our Guests and staff has always been of great importance to us,” said Director of Marketing Woody Woodruff. “With many statewide restrictions being lifted, and people itching to get outside, we felt that the time is right to resume our operations.”

Woodruff recognizes that Wildwater’s offerings of outdoor adventure activities will appeal strongly to families who are wary of international or cross-country travel, and will be looking to vacation regionally and stimulate local economies. “We’re excited to get back to giving our Guests the best adventure they can have, but we want them to be assured that we are following best practices and doing everything we can to prioritize health and sanitation,” he added.

Measures Wildwater is enacting at its facilities in response to COVID-19 include:

  • Encouraging increased handwashing and sanitizing
  • Using online waivers to decrease touchpoints
  • Asking that only group leaders report to the office for check-in
  • Limiting capacity inside of facilities
  • Implementing extra cleaning procedures for equipment
  • Adjusting bus loading procedures to decrease contact


In addition to these new procedures, Wildwater will also offer the option of private tours for any guests concerned about crowds. To inquire about a private tour, call the reservation office at 866-319-8870. For more information on Wildwater’s re-opening procedures, visit the COVID-19 response page at


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About Wildwater

Founded in 1971, Wildwater is the oldest outfitter in the Southeast. Known for its whitewater rafting, ziplining, lodging and more, Wildwater has elevated the standard for family recreation with five locations throughout Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. Family-owned and operated, Wildwater seeks to provide people of all ages and abilities with resources necessary to connect in the great outdoors. To learn more about Wildwater, visit