Nantahala Jeep® Tours

Wildwater Nantahala Jeep Tour FallsJoin our skilled and knowledgeable local guides by following in the steps of the early explorers, visiting the back roads of the North Carolina Smoky Mountain region and learning more about this beautiful region directly from our NC locals.

Rails & Trails  (meets at Railroad Depot in Bryson City)

Enjoy this 7 hour trip combining the Great Smoky Mountains Railroads trip with the Waterfall Jeep® tour.  You’ll begin your trip in Bryson City, NC, with a 2 hour railroad excursion over Fontana Lake and up the Nantahala Gorge.  As you travel on the train, watch paddlers challenge the rapids of the Nantahala River.  At the top-of-the-line disembark from the train and climb aboard our customized Jeep® for a personal exploration up the mountain, past waterfalls and lakes, up to the Appalachian Trail and back.  A picnic Lunch is included.

Waterfall Tour  (meets at Wildwater Nantahala)

This 2-hour tour takes you on a personal exploration up the mountain to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Nantahala area.  While not an “Off Road” 4 wheel drive experience we travel on county and Forest Service roads with great views and a glimpse into local culture.  Travel past beautiful lakes and up to the Appalachian Trail.  A snack is included.

Facilities:  With a gorgeous view of the Smoky Mountains, our Nantahala Adventure Center has an inviting environment.  Our large decks and pavilion provide a great place to picnic with your family or large group before or after your trip.  Clean bathrooms and changing rooms with warm showers are available for use as well.  Before you leave us, don’t forget to grab a t-shirt out of our souvenir shop!

“Cannot express the enjoyment my wife and I had on the Jeep tour viewing the scenery, the guide Todd was very knowledgeable of the area which made the trip even better. We just wanted to let you know that the trip was great and both Cricket and Todd were professional, polite and friendly”.
John & Brenda Watson

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Details and Requirements

Minimum Weight: 40 lbs.- kids 40-80 lbs. are required to sit in the front passenger seat with the airbag disengaged using a child booster seat.  Children 80 lbs. or older sit in the back using a lap seat belt.  If there is more than one child in the 40-80 lb. range, the second child will sit in the back using a lap belt.

Intensity Level: Mild to moderate

Season:  March 15- November 30 (shorter season for Rail & Trail)  Tours may not be offered everyday in the spring and fall.


Rail & Trail Adult   $109.68*
Rail & Trail Kids   $92.00*
Waterfall Adult   $49.95*

*Kids price <12 years

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

*Plus taxes and fees


Combine 2 or more adventure activities and SAVE 10% or more!  Add any Wildwater Lodging to your package and save 10% on lodging, too. Choose from Wildwater Packages or make your own.

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
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 and 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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