Rafting, Kayaking, Tubing, Canoeing in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Find plenty of Appalachian adventure white water rafting in the Smoky Mountains. The region is home to numerous rivers and rapids of all levels. Guided scenic river tours that the whole family can enjoy are offered right alongside hair-raising forays ready to spike an adrenaline junkie’s vitals. And where there’s white water rafting in the Smoky Mountains, easier-going activities like canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking won’t be too far behind. Stop in at one of several nature centers and river guides to get the most out of your trip, and experience the full range of the outdoors in the Smokies.

Brookside Campground and Rafting is a modern facility offering recreational camping and white water rafting. Brookside is located deep in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains with grassy campsites along the creek, complete hook-ups, hot showers and clean restrooms, picnic tables, covered garbage cans that are emptied daily, laundry facilities, a game room, pay telephone, swimming pool and playground. Brookside's country store offers snacks, drinks, and everything the average camper might need. In addition, there is whitewater rafting.
764 Hwy 19 Nantahala, NC 28781 (828) 321-5209 brooksiderafting.com Get Directions
Experience whitewater rafting! Nantahala and Ocoee River family whitewater rafting adventures is located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the majestic mountains of western North Carolina. Enjoy the scenic splendor of the Nantahala National Forest and thrill to the challenge and excitement of whitewater rafting on the most popular rivers in the Southeast. Experience unnecessary. Combine our rafting with gemstone mining, horseback riding, and scenic train tours. Vacation homes and cabins available.
12121 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-6345 www.carolinaoutfitters.com Get Directions
Deep Creek flows out of the Great Smokies National Park and by our campground. We rent light-weight vinyl tubes for $6 (all day rental). Tubes are available at a discount to registered campers and groups. Life jackets are available for children. Our camp store also sells creek shoes and other tubing accessories and souvenirs. We have twenty-one rental cabins, from modern campground cabins to hand-hewn log cabins, plus a large house for small groups. More than 40 campsites, from creekside tent camping to pop-ups, travel trailers, RVs and mobile homes. Gem Mining: Pan for rubies, sapphires, quartz, topaz, emeralds and other colorful gems at the Deep Creek Tube Center Mining Company.
1090 West Deep Creek Rd Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-6055 deepcreekcamping.com Get Directions
Nantahala Outdoor Center Named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, NOC guarantees you will be in excellent hands on your outdoor adventure! NOC’s 500-acre adventure center offers a variety of activities – whether you are looking for whitewater, flat water, or aerial adventures, you can find it at NOC! With an Outfitter’s Store for shopping and multiple restaurants that offer delicious dining with a view, it’s easy to spend a full day hanging out at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Plus, with the brand new Treetop Adventure Nets featuring an exciting way to explore the canopies, kids ages two and up are sure to have a blast! Insider tip: ask about the new Adventure Pass and spend your day whitewater rafting, mountain biking, exploring Fontana Lake by Stand Up Paddleboard, and taking on the Zip Line Adventure Park! NOC Paddling School Recognized as “One of the Best Places to Learn” by Outside Magazine, NOC’s elite instruction team provides excellent guidance for those who want to learn how to canoe or kayak. No matter what your current skill level is, NOC offers instruction based on your experience and goals.
13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (866) 297-5281 www.noc.com Get Directions
NOC offers flatwater kayak and stand-up-paddleboard tours as well as whitewater paddling instruction for both canoes and kayaks.
13077 Hwy 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (866) 297-5281 www.noc.com Get Directions
Come and enjoy nature at her best. We offer leisurely kayak trips down the Little Tennessee River. The trips are 2 1/2 -3 hours long and we supply you with all your equipment needed. You will see along your trip river otters, beavers, deer and endless birds. It is a beautiful quiet, slow ride to just relax and enjoy the best of Western Carolina's nature surrounding you. Bring you camera and capture the beauty of your trip. If you have your own equipment, we offer a "Drop and Shuttle service" so that you can use your own equipment and enjoy the river.
155 Robin Lynn Lane Otto, NC 28763 (828) 349-1717 www.primitiveoutback.com Get Directions
Family-friendly rafting trips for over 30 years. Guided/Non-guided on the Nantahala River; guided only on the Ocoee River.
10160 Hwy. 19 West Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-2030 www.rollingthunderriverco.com Get Directions
Great Family-oriented Whitewater Rafting Trip!!!! Rafting/Kayaking/Tubing/Canoeing
5303 US Hwy 74 East Whittier, NC 28789 (828) 586-5285 www.smokymountainriveradventures.com Get Directions
Since 1999 Smoky Mountain Tubing has been the highlight of family vacations offered here in Cherokee! We promise to provide fun, safe, and scenic adventure unlike any other! Come relax and cool off on a hot summer day on the gently flowing Oconaluftee River while enjoying the scenic beauty of the Smoky Mountains. While tubing take a moment to enjoy the swimming holes and a trip off the rope swing.
1847 Tsali Blvd Cherokee, NC 28719 (828) 497-4545 cherokeetubeandraft.com Get Directions
Fully guided, guide assisted, and rental trips on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Big Pigeon, and Chattooga Rivers. Lodging available for groups or individuals in our Yurts, cabins and lodge. Enjoy ziplining for the whole family.
10345 Hwy. 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713 (800) 488-2384 wildwaterrafting.com Get Directions