Nantahala Guided Rafting

Rafting Western North Carolina, Nantahala River- Wildwater

When looking for the best rafting in Western North Carolina, look no further than the eight miles of constant waves and swift, clear currents of the Nantahala River.  A delight for families and groups interested in an exhilarating introduction to whitewater rafting, the Nantahala is one of the most exhilarating!  The trip takes over 3 hours and contains numerous class I and II rapids, with a class III at the end.  Families, groups and individuals will enjoy this 3-4 hour trip.  Fully guided, a guide in every raft.

Facilities:  Wildwater has clean changing rooms and hot showers for our Guests’ convenience stocked with soap and hair dryers!  We do ask that you bring your own towel, but if you forget, check out our river store!  Our river store is supplied with everything you might need for your river trip, sunscreen, river shoes, sunglasses and t-shirts for your adventure.  Most of our Adventure Centers have free Wi-Fi for your convenience away from home.  Wildwater Nantahala also has picnic tables for Guest use.  Bring a lunch for a picnic before or after your trip!

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Details & Requirements

Minimum Age: 7 yrs. old or 60 lbs.

Intensity Level: Mild to moderate.  No experience needed for Guided Trips.  Previous whitewater paddling experience recommended for Rentals.

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

Equipment Furnished: Raft, paddle, PFD and paddling jacket


Individual $49.95*
Sun-Fri Group $39.95*  (10+ people)
Sat Group $44.95*  (10+ people)

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

*Plus taxes and fees


Choose from Wildwater Packages.  Or combine 2 or more adventure activities and SAVE 10% on activities and Wildwater lodging!

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

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.

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

Nantahala Directions

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