Nantahala River Raftingand Raft & Rail in Nantahala Gorge, Bryson City, North Carolina


Guided Nantahala Rafting - Wildwater

 

Join us in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina on one of America’s favorite whitewater playgrounds, the Nantahala River, located in Nantahala National Forest.  Its ideal location at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a short distance from Cherokee and Bryson City, NC, makes the Nantahala River convenient to mountain vacationers.

Enjoy the eight miles of crystal clear water, constant waves and swift currents that make the Nantahala River a delight for all ages and groups interested in an exhilarating introduction to whitewater rafting.  The trip takes over 3 hours and contains numerous class I and II rapids, with a class III at the end.  You have the choice of a fully guided trip with a guide in each raft or renting equipment and paddling on your own.  Since the Nantahala River is a dam-controlled river, one can expect good water flows at all times of the year.

All trips include transportation to and from the river, changing rooms and hot showers.

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Pricing

Nantahala River Trips from $19.95 to $99.95 per person

Visit our Nantahala Pricing page to find the prices for every activity.

Packages

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In The Media

Time.com-Unique Glamping Destinations 09/07/2012
Pull Over and Let Me Out Travel Guide– 5 Things You Will Love About Glamping 09/04/2012
UNC-TV (NC)- “NC Weekend” visits Wildwater Nantahala for zipping, rafting, yurt camping, Jeep exploration tours, and more (Go about 20:24 into the program) 08/30/2012

Links/Resources

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - Wildwater Raft & Rail

 

 

 

 

Swain County Chamber of Commerce
(800) 867-9246

Lake Fontana and Dam

Nantahala River Wildwater Rafting

Nantahala River Fully Guided Raft Trip

Enjoy eight miles of constant waves and swift, clear currents make the Nantahala River a delight for all ages and groups interested in an exhilarating introduction to whitewater rafting.  The trip takes over 3 hours and contains numerous class I and II rapids, with a class III at the end.  All rafts have a guide in them on the trip.  Families, groups and individuals will enjoy this 3-4 hour trip.  Perfect for first-timers of all ages.

Paddling a Ducky on the Nantahala River - Wildwater

 Nantahala River Raft & Inflatable Kayak Rentals

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: the orientation, the equipment, the shuttle and use of our facilities.  You are on your own on the river; just you and your friends.  We have 4 and 6 person rafts, as well as 1 and 2 person inflatable kayaks available seven days a week.  Wildwater provides all the gear, as well as transportation to and from the river.  Previous whitewater experience is highly recommended.  Please call for availability.

Raft & Rail with Wildwater on the Nantahala River

 Nantahala River Raft & Rail©

Spend 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 over Fontana Lake and into the Nantahala Gorge.   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 after trip changing facilities, hot showers and transportation back to your car at the train depot.  Please ride the train in the clothes you want to raft in, you can leave a dry change of clothes on the bus while rafting.

  • Rafting

  • Description
  • Age & Weight
  • Trip Time
  • Time On Water
  • INDIVIDUAL: Sun-Fri
  • INDIVIDUAL: Saturday
  • GROUP: Sun-Fri
  • Nantahala

  • Fully Guided Rafting

  • Fast & Fun, families, groups
  • 60 lbs or 7 yrs
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 2.5 hrs
  • $44.95
  • $49.95
  • $39.95
  • Nantahala

  • Raft & Rail©

  • Scenic train, rafting, lunch
  • 60 lbs or 7 yrs
  • 6 hrs
  • 5hrs/train & river
  • $109.68 Adult
  • $90.01 youth