Kayaking in North Carolina

Everyone Can Enjoy Kayaking in North Carolina

You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy kayaking in North Carolina. With a number of rivers and outfitters to choose from, you can plan a trip kayaking in North Carolina to match any skill level. Whether you're a true beginner who has never been on the river or ready for class 5 and 6 rapids we can help you find the best rivers in the best forests for your mountain kayaking vacation.

Let Smoky Mountain Host help you plan your trip kayaking in North Carolina. We would love to help add a variety of water recreation to your Smokies outdoor adventure including kayaking, rafting, tubing, canoeing, boating and more. Many trips are kid friendly, so you can make kayaking part of unforgettable family vacation! For senior citizens consider relaxing boating or canoeing on one of our may mountain lakes.

So Many Options for Kayaking in North Carolina

When planning your vacation Kayaking in North Carolina, you can choose from trips on the French Broad River, Nolichucky River Gorge, Lower Nolichucky River, Tuckaseegee River, Ocoee River, Oconoluftee River, Little Tennesee River, Nantahala River, Watauga River and more. Each river has its own unique character, scenery and views—but what they are share in common is spectacular beauty. That is what makes Kayaking in North Carolina so special.

With so many different rivers to choose from you can go Kayaking in North Carolina every day of your vacation and have a completely different experience each time. And if you wanted to do a little fishing during your kayaking vacation, consult one of our expert North Carolina fishing guides. We have some of the best fly fishing waters this side of the Mississippi.

Kayaking in North Carolina: Come to the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships

The Nantahala River is such an awesome place to go kayaking in North Carolina, that the ultimate whitewater competition in the world will be hosted here. The International Canoe Federation (ICF) will host the Freestyle World Championships in the Nantahala River Gorge September 2-8, 2013.

The ICF calls the competition, "The X-Games for whitewater." We invite you to come watch amazing athletes from around the world perform magical river tricks: cartwheels, loops, blunts and other unforgettable moves. You’ll never think of kayaking in North Carolina the same way ever again.

But you don't have to wait for the competition to experience the thrill of kayaking in North Carolina. Kayak the Nantahala yourself and then come back to watch the experts.

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