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Ocoee River Most Popular Whitewater Rafting River

The Ocoee River is officially the most visited whitewater river in the United States with 229,542 visitors in 2012, according to the results of a recent economic impact study on the Ocoee River Region. After the Ocoee River, the other four most visited whitewater rivers are: the Arkansas River in Colorado (208,329), Pigeon River in Tennessee (169,060), Nantahala River in North Carolina (165,906) and Lehigh River in Pennsylvania (110,422). The study was led by Steve Morse, an economist and associate professor in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management and commissioned by the Ocoee River Outfitters Association and the America Outdoors Association.

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