Nantahala River Rafting
Eight Miles of Fun
Our Nantahala River rafting rafting trips on the Nantahala River run the full length of the river – 8 miles through western North Carolina’s most scenic rainforest. Often the cold water of the Nantahala River meets the warm air creating a mystical fog floating above the river which adds even more beauty to the surroundings. The river runs through the Nantahala National Forest – the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina. On a Nantahala rafting trip you will encounter an array of lively rapids such as Root Canal, the Isle of Dumping and Tumble Dry. Your Nantahala rafting trip will end with a big, bouncy splash at Nantahala Falls- the only class III rapid on the river.
No Rain-No Problem
The Nantahala River is a dam-controlled river which means you will get a consistent, predictable flow of water and not be disappointed by a lack of recent rainfall. This is absolutely essential for a great whitewater experience. No last minute cancellations due to lack of rain.
Pick Any Day
Our Nantahala River rafting trips go out 7 days a week beginning in early April and ending in early October. Check out our Trip Times/Rates page for an exact schedule. Saturdays are the busiest day of the week and July is the busiest month for Nantahala rafting trips. Just so you know. Whitewater rafting in North Carolina attracts hundreds of thousands of rafters each season. Many trips are booked well in advance so we recommend that you reserve your space as soon as possible. However, we will be happy to take you rafting on a walk-in basis if space is available.
A Little More Adventure
For those who are more experienced or just a little more daring, we offer funyaks (aka “duckies” )which are one and two person rafts – sporty little inflatables which notch up the level of adventure for you on the Nantahala. You will get wetter and colder than in a large raft but you'll also have a bouncier ride. We recommend renting a wetsuit to wear if you are going down the river in a funyak. People going down the river in the large rafts usually do not need to rent a wetsuit.
Groups Sleep Cheap
Groups with 15 or more rafters can spend one night in our group lodge FREE on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night. No kidding. Space is limited so call now.
Nantahala River Rafting Options
Guide in Raft: Guarantees a guide in your raft; allows you to relax and let a pro be in charge.
Insurance Option for Rentals
When you choose to go down the river non-guided you are basically renting the equipment (rafts, funyaks, paddles, PFD's) from us and are therefore solely responsible for the return and condition of all equipment. Cost to replace a lost paddle, for example, would be $20. You have the option of purchasing equipment insurance for $1.00 per person which will cover loss of paddle or damage to raft. It does NOT cover loss of raft.
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