Rafting the Nantahala
Vacationing in Western North Carolina? Plan a Trip Rafting the Nantahala!
Any vacation in the Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina should include a trip rafting the Nantahala River. Paddlers of all experience levels, including experts, families with children, or older generations, can enjoy amazing experiences rafting the spectacular waters of the Nantahala.
Hydroelectric dam-controlled flows mean you can always count on a fun trip on the Nantahala. Enjoy the views of this beautiful mountain gorge as you glide through crystal clear river water. And other outdoor adventures can be had nearby! Hiking, mountain biking, and fishing as well as rafting the Nantahala can all be a part of your Smoky Mountains adventure vacation.
Rafting the Nantahala, The Most Popular River in the Southeast
Rafting the Nantahala is so much fun that it is one of the most popular outdoor recreations destinations in the US! Discover for yourself why so many people come back year after year to play in this natural wonderland. To put it plainly, the Nantahala River is part of an eight-mile long scenic gorge that cuts through the Nantahala National Forest!
Plan a vacation that includes rafting the Nantahala as well as gem mining, horseback riding, mountain biking, train excursions and more. Or take the opportunity to learn about the rich culture and history of the Smoky Mountains including the Cherokee Nation.
We can also help you find the perfect place for you to stay, delicious places to eat and other spectacular things to do when you are not busy rafting the Nantahala.
Rafting the Nantahala: River of Champions
Enjoy rafting the same river that hosts the premier freestyle kayak event of the world, the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Plan a trip rafting the Nantahala! Sections of this river are thrilling enough to invite international whitewater competitors, yet others river portions are gentle enough that first-time rafters, children and seniors can have fun rafting the Nantahala too. The river has hydroelectric stations upstream, so check the Flow Schedule before your trip to ensure the water level is optimal.
We cordially invite you to visit the Nantahala Gorge September 2–8, 2013 to watch or participate in the Canoe Freestyle World Championships. You’ll see over 300 top freestyle paddlers from around the world performing amazing tricks in the water: loops, blunts, cartwheels and more.
Planning Your Trip Rafting the Nantahala River
Choose your style of trip depending on your level of experience and comfort. You can go rafting the Nantahala with a guide or without. When preparing for your trip you may need to hire a guide, rent a raft or a ducky, arrange transportation, and make sure you get all the necessary equipment. And don’t forget to order photographs of all the fun!
Here at Smoky Mountain Host, we’d be delighted to help you find a professional outfitter to guide you on your next trip rafting the Nantahala River.