Nantahala River Rafting and Camping

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Nantahala River Rafting and Camping

With the stunning backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains and miles of vibrant forestland, Nantahala river rafting and camping are some of the most popular activities in western North Carolina. The only thing missing is you! The Nantahala river is perfect for families and rafters of all experience levels with its lower section that provides eight adventurous miles of churning whitewater and calm pools to float through. The sprawling Nantahala National Forest offers several beautiful camping areas for travelers and locals alike to enjoy. Come discover nature, thrills, and memories like never before. 

Nantahala River Rafting

As far as a picture perfect setting goes, the Nantahala River is unbeatable. Snag a paddle and hang on tight as you listen for your guide’s instructions- it’s going to be a fun-filled ride! The river cuts through the Nantahala Gorge where the towering walls of the gorge shade the river for much of the day. Clear water and rolling waves carry rafters through roughly three hours of exciting rapids.  If you are thinking: there’s no way this river experience can get any better, just wait until we tell you that your dog is welcome to join you on the river!

Camping in the Nantahala National Forest

The Nantahala National Forest is the most expansive of the four national forests in North Carolina and perfect for camping. The forest canopy is thick and luscious so finding shady spots to enjoy a meal or take a walk during the day is not difficult. After a full day on the river, settle down amidst the trees and breathe in the night air underneath a star studded sky. 

Nantahala River rafting and camping is the perfect adventure addition to your summer bucket list! Grab your friends and family and make your way down to the river for a day or weekend packed with unforgettable memories. See you on the river soon!

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