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On every single trip Andy and I take together, we like to mix free activities with pricier ones. This trip in general was a relatively inexpensive one, so our “splurge” was a reasonably-priced rafting ride through Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort called the Rainbow Mist.
The rafting ride took us up close and personal with the Cumberland Falls. Because the falls current is so quick and the river is so dangerous, the Rainbow Mist ride is the only way to be on the water within viewing distance of the falls. Obviously, it’s not safe to jump out of the raft and swim, but you can stick your hand in the water to feel the temperature (it’s cold!) and you get close enough to the falls to feel the mist on your face.
What I loved about this rafting ride was that the tour guide does 100% of the paddling. Literally, all we had to do was sit on the edge of the raft and hold on. That’s it. For someone like me who hates paddling with a passion, there is no easier rafting trip that you could ever take.
You can buy tickets at the gazebo, but I would recommend buying them online through Sheltowee Trace Outfitters’ website in advance to reserve a spot. Rafting groups meets at the gazebo past the breezeway at the Falls’ viewing area, so you don’t have to go to Sheltowee’s actual camping resort to pick up your tickets or meet your group.
Our rafting trip on the Rainbow Mist was such a fun adventure and got us some great “selfies” with the falls that we will cherish forever.
One year down…. forever to go!
Have you ever been on a rafting trip?