Located about a dozen miles west of Bryson City on US 19/74, the scenic Nantahala River ranks among the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in the country. Without a doubt, it is the most popular in the Southeast luring more than 200,000 paddlers to its waters every year. A perfect combination of frisky whitewater and placid pools, the Nantahala is a great introduction to the exciting sport of whitewater paddling.
The Nantahala River, with Class II and III rapids, is considered a “family” river suitable for children as young as seven — providing they meet a 60-poung weight minimum — and senior citizens.
But, don’t get the wrong idea. Just because the river is suitable for families doesn’t mean it’s not exciting. Just ask someone who has made the climactic Class III plunge through Nantahala Falls at the end of the eight-mile course. It's also challenging enough for the US Olympic Kayaking Team, which often trains on the Nantahala.
There are a number of outfitters along or near the river where trips can be schedule. A variety of trips are offered and each company seems to add its own personal touch. All outfitters provide approved life jackets and require rafters to attend a safety presentation before they are allowed on the river.
In the mood for something more sedate? Try the Tuckaseigee River. With its Class I and II rapids, Tuckaseigee rafting trips provide great outdoor entertainment for the entire family. You can run the “Tuck” from right in downtown Bryson City.
River Adventures -
- Offers whitewater rafting on the Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers. Ocoee
rafting package includes transportation from our Nantahala Outpost, saving you
the extra driving. Kayak instruction from the beginner to advanced level and
kayak/mountain trips to Costa Rica and Ecuador. Lake touring offered for
half-and full-day trips. Also, fly fishing instruction & guide service with
drift boat option.
At USA Raft they have specialized in providing affordable river adventures
for over ten years. Whether you are seeking a relaxing escape from the crowds
for your family or a heart-pounging wilderness adventure, we have the trip to
suit you and your budget. Self-bailing rafts and duckies are available. Trips
are offered on the Nantahala, Nolichucky, French Broad, Pigeon, and Ocoee
- - Downtown
Bryson City riverside outpost. Whether it is a family friendly whitewater float
trip on the Tuckasegee River, a casual bike ride through town, or a scenic hike
in the National Park, Bryson City Rock-N-Rivers has something for everyone. Also
fly & float fishing, trail shuttles, instruction, nature tours and team
Runners' Retreat, Inc.
- - River
Runners' is a family owned and operated recreational company located in Topton,
NC. They offer service with a smile and take pride in giving each group personal
Fast Rivers Rafting -
Experience the beauty and adventure
of whitewater rafting or funyaking on the pristine, crystal-clear Nantahala
River. Your whitewater fun will take you through the world-famous Nantahala
Gorge where you'll see the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains in all
directions. We are family owned and located directly on the Nantahala River. Our
specialty is giving economical prices with the very best in personal service,
equipment, facilities, and staff while offering the most options; when you
paddle, what you paddle, and how long you paddle. No experience necessary.
Guided & unguided trips available March through October. Walk-ins are
welcome or call now to reserve your next adventure.
Blue Ridge Outing Company - - Family friendly trips are offered on the Tuckaseigee River, which provides Class I and II rapids. We are located on US Highway 74 between Bryson City and Sylva.