Located in the scenic Smoky Mountains, Wildwater Nantahala has perfect amenities not only for families but also for larger groups. We provide multiple lodging options, including a group lodge and family-sized yurts just across the street with our zipline canopy tour. Our friendly staff will greet you on arrival at our souvenir shop and will direct you to our clean bathrooms, changing rooms, pre-trip orientation space and pavilion meeting and picnic area.
We started rafting on the Nantahala River in 1988 in response to Guest demand and rapid growth of rafting in the Southeast. We expanded to offer lodging at Falling Waters across the street in 1998 by building a group lodge and “glamping” in luxury yurts. Jeep® Tours were added in 2005 and ziplines soon after in 2008. In 2013 we added two additional zip sections and two sky-bridges to our zipline canopy tour where you can experience breath-taking views of Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Fontana Lake. In 2015 we added the KidZip, ziplines for kids ages 4-12!
WNC Magazine– Happy Campers May/June 2016
Our State Magazine– Yurts Offer Luxury in the Rugged Nantahala Gorge 9/29/2015
UNC-TV (NC)- “NC Weekend” visits Wildwater Nantahala for zipping, rafting, yurt camping, Jeep exploration tours, and more (Go about 20:24 into the program) 08/30/2012
Guided and Rentals Available
Trip Length: Half Day
Time on Water: 2-3 hrs
Minimum Age: Ages 7+ or 60 lbs.
Difficulty Level: Class II – III rapids
Trip Length: Full Day
Trip Time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
Tour Length: 2-1/2 to 3 hrs.
Minimum age: Age 10+
Weight: 70 to 250 lbs.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Tour Length: 2 hr. time block
Age: Age 4 – 12
Difficulty Level: 3 loops, beginner, intermediate, advanced
Tour Length: 2.5 hrs.
Minimum Weight: 40 lbs.
Difficulty Level: Easy
The Wildwater Yurt Village is located at Falling Waters on 22 mountain acres with a waterfall, trails and scenic vistas. A multitude of activities including rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, jet boat rides, fishing and gem mining are available in the area. Or, if you simply want to relax and enjoy the outdoors; enjoy outdoor seating, charcoal grills, patio tables and waterfall deck.
Travelers to the Pacific Northwest may be familiar with these lavish dome structures that offer a “Glamping” style wilderness experience. The exposed framing and heavy-duty canvas shell provide a soft blend with the natural surroundings. The comforts inside include a canopied or 4-poster bed and a sitting area with a futon sofa bed, CD/AM/FM player, small refrigerator and coffee maker. Shared but private showers and restrooms are available in a separate building adjacent to your Yurt.
Cost: $89 per night plus taxes
The Falling Waters Group Barn is a bunkhouse designed for groups of 8-44 people. Six heated rooms each have their own bathroom and shower. Each bunk has its own light and fan. A group dining and meeting area is located downstairs in the barn and a kitchen is available for rent. Activities are located nearby to keep your group busy for days. Great for school groups, family reunions, church groups or any other group looking for bonding time and a quiet getaway.
Cost: $69 per room per night ($59 weeknights), $29 for Kitchen use (plus taxes)