Nantahala Raft Rentals

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Fun on the raft bus ride - Wildwater Rafting

Raft Rentals Western North Carolina - Nantahala River Wildwater

If you are confident with your paddling skills and want to go at your own pace, a rental trip may be just right.  We provide: an orientation, equipment, shuttle to & from the Nantahala River and use of our facilities.  You are on your own on the river;  just you and your friends.  We have 4 and 6 person self bailing rafts, as well as 1 and 2 person inflatable kayaks available seven days a week in season.  Wildwater provides all the gear and shuttle, you provide the adventure and know-how.

Previous whitewater experience is highly recommended.  Please check for availability.

Facilities:  Changing rooms and hot showers, river store, free Wi-Fi and picnic pavilion.  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 as well.  Before you leave us, don’t forget to grab a t-shirt or trinket out of our souvenir shop!

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Details & Requirements

Minimum Weight:  60 lbs. or 7 yrs. old

Intensity Level:  Mild to moderate.  Previous whitewater paddling and steering experience recommended.

Trip Length:  Approximately 3 1/2 hours (2 hours on the river)

Equipment Furnished:  Self Bailing Raft, paddle, PFD and paddling jacket

Season:  April 6- October 27


Individual  $24.95*
Group   $19.95* (10+ people)

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

*Plus taxes and fees


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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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