Rafting on the Nantahala River

Nantahala River Rafting

The Nantahala River offers family whitewater rafting trips on the most popular river in the USA! It is fun and exciting, but is family friendly, and does NOT require previous experience. The Nantahala is located in the scenic Nantahala National Forest near Bryson City, North Carolina, and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Nantahala River has hosted many national and international paddling competitions, including the 2103 Individual Whitewater Kayak Competition. The Nantahala offers almost continuous, exciting class 2 and 3 whitewater on the famous 8 ½ mile stretch of river between the Beecher-town Power Plant and the take out site just prior to Fontana Lake. This will be your most exciting vacation adventure! You will want to return again and again to raft on the Nantahala with Carolina Outfitters.

Nantahala Rafting Trip Types

Nantahala Guided Raft Trip: A guide-in-boat raft trip is one in which a guide is in your boat during your trip down the Nantahala River. He/she will sit at the back of the raft & guide the boat. A guide in your boat can provide the navigation of the Nantahala River and can provide paddling power!

Nantahala Guide Assisted Raft Trip: A guide assisted trip option is available for larger groups of 12 or more people, with one or more guide-in-boat rafts as part of their trip.

Nantahala Unguided Raft Trip: An Unguided raft trip is one in which we provide all equipment and transportation to and from the Nantahala River, and the rafters go down the river on their own without the assistance of a guide on the Nantahala River itself. A guide will assist with pre-trip instructions before you go to the Nantahala River.

Nantahala Funyak or Ducky Trip: A funyak trip is a trip down the Nantahala River in our inflatable kayaks or "duckies". You may choose a one-man funyak or a two man-funyak. These boats are easy to maneuver and they are lots of fun!

Nantahala Trip Times

Departure Time: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM

We strongly recommend reservations. Although we welcome walk-ins when space and guides are available, trips and trip times may be available only with reservations. We suggest that you call to reserve as soon as you know what day you want to go.

Please arrive at the raft outpost building 30 minutes prior to departure. (The raft outpost building physical location is: Carolina Outfitters Rafting, 715 U.S. Hwy 19, Topton, N.C. 28781).


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