Rafting & Kayaking in the Smoky Mountains
The rivers of the Smoky Mountains offer some of the best opportunities for rafting and paddling on the east coast. And we have rivers suitable for almost everyone regardless of age or experience. Whether you get your thrills from the rapids, or from the scenic beauty of the terrain, you are sure to have a fantastic time Rafting in the Smoky Mountains.
Each river in the Smokies has its own unique character, scenery and views—but what they are share in common is spectacular beauty. Our expert outfitters will help you select the right section so you can have a perfect trip Rafting in the Smoky Mountains. Outfitters offer rafting trips in the Smokies guided by experts who will make your trip fun, safe and exciting.
Rafting in the Smoky Mountains For the Whole Family
Rafting in the Smoky Mountains is an adventure suitable for the whole family. The rivers of the Smokies are so varied that you’re sure to find one to meet your needs, even if you have young children or older family members.
When you’re Rafting in the Smoky Mountains take a fully guided trip down one of the most popular whitewater runs in America: the Nantahala River. The Nantahala River offers Class I, II and III rapids, so you’re sure to find a section perfect for you. Your children will fondly remember your vacation Rafting in the Smoky Mountains for the rest of their lives, too.
Rafting in the Smoky Mountains Where World Class Kayakers Compete
When Rafting in the Smoky Mountains, be on the lookout for world-class athletes training for the 2013 International Canoe Federation ICF Freestyle World Championships. This amazing competition will take place in the Nantahala River Gorge September 2-8, 2013. The ICF calls the competition, “The X-Games for whitewater.”
Come rafting on the gorgeous Nantahala and you can say you went Rafting in the Smoky Mountains on the same river that the world’s top freestyle paddlers compete on. Watch them do cartwheels, loops, blunts and other unforgettable moves.
Rafting in the Smoky Mountains and Other Adventures
Other than Rafting in the Smoky Mountains, there are plenty of other ways to have fun in western North Carolina. We recommend these other exciting outdoor activities:
The Best Kayaking Locations in Western North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains
We have numerous amazing outdoors activities here in the North Carolina Smokies. But we’ve got a special place in our hearts for kayakers. Some of the best kayaking locations in these United States are in western North Carolina! There are so many rivers to choose from, with sections that range from gentle currents to whitewater: French Broad River, Tuckasegee River, Little Tennessee River, Nantahala River, and more.
When you are choosing kayaking locations, remember that each river will have its own unique character, scenery and views—but all of these western North Carolina Rivers share spectacular beauty in common. No matter whether you are a beginner or an expert, we’ve got amazing kayaking locations for you.
Local Outfitters Help You Find the Best Kayaking Locations
Our local outfitters can help you get the gear you need, arrange a guided trip, and even transport you to the best kayaking locations in Western North Carolina.
And if you wanted to do a little fishing during your kayaking vacation, an outfitter can help you find kayaking locations with great fishing opportunities. And as you plan your trip, remember that the western North Carolina Smokies have some of the best fly fishing waters this side of the Mississippi.
2013 ICF Freestyle World Championship Kayaking Locations
The Nantahala River is one of those kayaking locations you cannot miss. In fact, the Nantahala is such an awesome place to kayak that The International Canoe Federation ICF chose it as the site for its famed whitewater competition.
Come to the Nantahala River Gorge September 2-8, 2013 and watch the ICF’s Freestyle World Championships. This competition, sometimes called “The X-Games for whitewater” attracts amazing athletes from around the world. They’ll navigate Nantahala’s whitewater while doing amazing tricks: cartwheels, loops, blunts and other unforgettable moves. For those with an adventurous spirit—try the sport for the first time on one of the most famous kayaking locations in the US.
Hiking, Biking, Fishing and Kayaking Locations in North Carolina and More
There are so many amazing things to do and see in this area in addition to all the great hiking, biking, fishing and kayaking locations. Don’t just wing it. Plan in advance to pack the maximum number of adventures into your time in the North Carolina Smokies.
Here at Smoky Mountain Host we can help you plan your trip. We’ll also help you find accommodations suited to your budget and lifestyle. Whether you want a camping spot next to amazing kayaking locations, a secluded cabin with a hot tub, or a luxury hotel with spectacular mountain views, our Free Travel Guide can help you find the perfect spot for your western NC vacation. For more information download our PDF or order online a copy of our visitor’s guide.