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Thank You For Another Amazing Rafting Season!

From all of us at Rolling Thunder, thank you for making the 2016 rafting season one of our best ever! Because of our many guests who share our passion for thrilling river adventures, it was one of the best years in our 39-year history, and we expect next year to be even better!

We are incredibly proud to have the most enthusiastic, hardest working staff on the river, and we owe our guests our deepest gratitude for allowing us to do what we love year after year. Without guests who share our love for the water and passion for adventure, we’d never be able to continue living this incredible dream.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing online reviews you’ve posted throughout the season. They are integral to our success, and we take the time to read each and every one. While time doesn’t allow us to respond to each review personally, please know that we do read and appreciate them. Our staff members’ faces light up when we read them your reviews.

Guests need to know they can trust a river company and its staff when planning a rafting adventure, and your reviews go a long way toward helping people view recognize Rolling Thunder as a trustworthy, reputable company for many years. We truly thank you for putting your trust in Rolling Thunder and for helping others choose us when they’re planning a river adventure.

Next year marks our 40th anniversary, and we’re already at work behind the scenes preparing for this monumental occasion. What we have in store is still a surprise, but be on the lookout for announcements regarding our 40th anniversary celebration in the coming months!

From all of us at Rolling Thunder, THANK YOU again for your support during the 2016 season and throughout the 39 years we’ve been in operation. We can’t wait to see you again next year!

Rolling Thunder is Hiring Guides for 2016 Season!


Rolling Thunder Guide JobClick Here to Apply!

Seasonal Jobs in Tennessee, North Carolina and North Georgia

Rolling Thunder River Company – The Preferred River Adventure
Company for 40 Years.

We run dam-controlled rivers only in order to have guaranteed trips
every day of the rafting season.

Business is booming and we need more staff!
Join Rolling Thunder River Company for a busy season of rafting adventure and river fun. We run two dam-controlled whitewater rivers from April 1 until the end of September.

The Nantahala River in Western North Carolina
Class 1, 2 and 3
First Year Guides Welcome –Free Training

The Ocoee River in Southeastern Tennessee
Class 3, 4 with a few borderline 5’s
Experienced guides sought

Good housing provided onsite.
Competitive compensation
Successful family owned and operated company with a respectful, fun work

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Please fill out and submit the following job application:
Call 800-408-7238

Whitewater rafting guide jobs in North Carolina and Tennessee along the Nantahala and Ocoee. Learn about rafting guide positions and other jobs available.
Please click the link to complete this form.

Whitewater Rafting Guide JobRolling Thunder River Company guides are expected to be willing to help anywhere, anytime and with anything.

If you are a responsible lover of the outdoors and you are over the age of 18, we’d love for you to spend your summer with us! To apply to work as a guide at Rolling Thunder, click here to download a printable application.

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Bryson City, North Carolina

Located to the west of Asheville, North Carolina, Bryson City is a peaceful mountain town that borders the world-famous Great Smoking Mountains National Park. In addition to being the home of Rolling Thunder River Company’s Nantahala Rafting Center, this charming city is also home to a number of unique shops, restaurant, galleries and hotels.Bryson City North Carolina

Bryson City is a vacation paradise for any outdoor lover. Surrounding the small town are numerous activities, including exciting kayaking and rafting adventures on the Nantahala River, fishing and boating on Fontana Lake, breathtaking scenic railroad excursions, mountain biking on the Tsali trails and a number of trout fishing opportunities on world class streams. There are also several waterfalls to check out and plenty of trail for hiking and horseback riding.

Bryson City History

The area that is now known as Bryson City has been inhabited by Native Americans for almost 14,000 years. The oldest Cherokee village, Kituhwa, was located along the Tuckasegee River just upstream of present-day Bryson City.

In 1889, the city officially became known as Bryson City to commemorate the services rendered to the city by Colonel Thaddeus Bryson. Since opening in 1933, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has provided a major source of revenue for Bryson City and all of Swain County. Author and outdoors enthusiast Horace Kephart worked from Bryon City years and was an early supporter of the creation of the park.

Modern-Day Bryson City

Today, Bryson City remains a popular tourist destination for outdoors enthusiasts. It is surrounded on nearly all sides by mountains: The Great Smoky Mountains to the north, the Plott Balsams to the east and the Cowee Mountains to the south. To the south of the city also lies the boundary of the Nantahala National Forest, a popular destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking.

At Rolling Thunder River Company, we are proud to be a top Bryon City rafting outfitter. We offer the best whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, and we strive to ensure the satisfaction and safety of each and every guest. The 2015 rafting season may be over, but it’s never too early to start planning your 2016 adventure! Visit us online to learn more about Nantahala river rafting.