Nantahala Raft & Rail®


Raft & Rail with Wildwater on the Nantahala River

Raft & Rail with Wildwater on the Nantahala River

Wildwater Raft & Rail- Nantahala RiverSpend a beautiful day in the Nantahala Gorge with Wildwater and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  You’ll begin your trip in Bryson City, NC at the train depot, with a 2 hour railroad excursion including crossing the Fontana Lake Trestle and into the Nantahala Gorge.  As you travel on the train, watch paddlers challenge the rapids you will soon be rafting.

At the top-of-the-line, you will disembark the train and travel a short distance to the launch site.

After a paddling orientation your group will raft the entire 8 miles of the Nantahala River on our Fully Guided raft trip.  A picnic lunch is included, as well as changing facilities with hot showers and transportation back to your car at the train depot.

Members of your group and escorted young children who do not want to raft can purchase a train only ticket and remain on the train, meeting up with rafters later in the afternoon.  *The “train only” trip ends 2 hours before the Raft & Rail© trip gets back to Bryson City.

You should board the train in the clothes you plan to raft in (bathing suit, shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes or sandals with an ankle strap) and have your change of clothes and towel for after in a closed duffel or backpack.  We provide transportation back to your car in Bryson City.

Call 1-866-319-8870 for booking.

Facilities:  Changing rooms, hot showers and river store available after your rafting trip.  Before you leave us, don’t forget to grab a t-shirt or trip photo out of our souvenir shop!