Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours & KidZip!

Wildwater canopy tour view

As the original zipline canopy tour in Western North Carolina, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours offers 13 different zip lines and 8 bridges.  Soar out to the point for the highest platform, then on to the highest tree with unbelievable views of Clingman’s Dome, Fontana Lake and waterfalls.  One more zip takes you to a bridge and the final 2 zips.  This gliding experience, naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change,  takes you through multiple ecosystems, past hemlocks, into hardwoods and through a deciduous forest packed with native flowering plants such as mountain laurel, dogwood, rhododendron, giant Frazier magnolia, rare umbrella magnolia, silver bells and many more.  Great trip for families.  This three-hour experience gives you air time with:

  • Training and practice on easier ziplines first – Ground School
  • 13 zipline sections, the longest and most exciting in Nantahala Gorge
  • Over 20 scenic acres alternating between slope side, trees and elevated platforms
  • 8 Aerial, swinging Bridges
  • 4 Side by Side Zips
  • Soar over 1 mile with 50 mile mountain views, waterfall views & view of Fontana Lake
  • Walk the Green Mile, the Burma Road, fly into the Slingshot and soar into the Bermuda Triangle
  • Must be 10 or older; 70 pounds minimum and 250 pounds maximum

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours is located within the heavily wooded and scenic setting of Falling Waters Adventure Lodging, featured in National Geographic Traveler, Country Living and on The Today Show.  Located directly across from Wildwater’s Nantahala Rafting Center.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour Course Map

KidZip in Western North Carolina
Wildwater was the first company in the US to build multiple zipline courses specifically for kids 4 & older and this is our 2nd KidZip in Western NC!  KidZip Nantahala offers ziplines and adventure park elements for kids 4-12 years old in a scenic wooded adventure setting. With a continuous cable and roller system there is no clipping and unclipping for the participants!!

kid_climbingThis two hour experience gives you air time with:

  • Ground School training and practice
  • 13 zipline sections- Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
  • 8 climbing elements- entrances, exits & connections
  • Tree based platforms, ziplines & challenges
  • 2-hour time block, zip and climb as many times as you want

4-6 yr. olds must have paying adult escort on the course with them.
7 -12 year olds enjoy the course with adult chaperon nearby.
dults only allowed when accompanying youth (4-12 years). 

$49 Adult, $44 youth (18 and under)

Maximum Participant Weight 225 lbs.

KidZip Course Map

Combine your Canopy tour with a Train Ride up the Nantahala River Gorge!  Check out the Zip & Rail “Tarzan Train” all-day adventure, lunch is included.

Canopy Tours vs. Adventure Parks:   Canopy Tours typically have 9-13 zips in small groups (10 Guests, 2 Rangers) that take you through a guided trip in the tree canopy.  Adventure Parks may have 1 or 2 short zips, but the primary activity is a self-guided high ropes course.  Canopy Tours are fully escorted tours with information on flora and fauna.  When picking a Canopy Tour, be sure to ask about the setting of the Zipline Canopy course to make sure you get what you are expecting, some courses are over parking lots and/or fields.  Also check that the guides are trained to ACCT standards and all courses are built and inspected to ACCT guidelines.

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Details & Requirements

Minimum Age / Weight: 10 years & 70 lbs., max. 250 lbs.

Intensity Level: No previous experience needed.  Fully guided trip

Trip Length: Approximately 3 hours

Equipment Furnished: Helmet, safety harness, gloves

Season:  March 1- November 30

Clothing:  Closed Toe Shoes Required


Individuals $85.95*
Groups $77*

KidZip   $47

Visit our Nantahala Pricing page to find prices for all Nantahala activities.

*Plus taxes and fees
*Groups are 10 or more


Combine 2 or more adventure activities and SAVE!  Save 10% on any Wildwater lodging when added to 2 or more activities!  Choose from Wildwater Packages.

Nantahala Lodging

Wildwater Nantahala Lodging
Yurt Village– Queen bed, Futon, sleeps 4, separate bathhouse
Group Lodge -Bunk lodging, group kitchen & bath house, great for groups

Lodging Partners
Fontana Village Fontana Dam, NC  (800) 849-2258
Nantahala Village – Bryson City, NC (800) 438-1507
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center – Lake Junaluska, NC (800) 222-4930

Other Nantahala Area Lodging

Location & Directions

Wildwater Nantahala
10345 Highway 19 South/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713
Reservations #: 866-319-8870
Local #: 828-488-2384
GPS Coordinates: 35 20′ 36 N 083 33′ 39 W

Yurt Village, Group Lodge & Canopy Tours
10320 US 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713

***Internet mapping and some car GPS systems do not give the correct directions to some of our rural locations. Please have a copy of our directions as your primary source or as a backup.

Wildwater Nantahala, Yurt Village, Group Lodge & Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours are located on Hwy. 74 West, 12 miles Southwest of Bryson City, North Carolina. We recommend Hwy. 74/23 versus Hwy. 19 for time and better roads. Please check your map to confirm driving routes.

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