4 Best Gift Experiences for Adventurers

Lysianne PeacockAsheville Ziplining, Chattooga River, Lodging, Nantahala, Train Rides, Ziplines Canopy Tours

‘Tis the season of giving, and nothing is worse than receiving a gift you don’t want. Fortune Magazine reports that 34% of Americans return the gifts they have received. We want to let you in on a little secret backed by research. According to Science Daily, experiential gifts are better than the material alternative because experiences are more likely to elicit a strong emotional response. Giving effective gifts is especially important considering the average American household spends 2% of their annual income on gifts. We want to help make sure your gift doesn’t get returned this year. That is why we are back with more experiential gift ideas that will be sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. We will keep this one short and sweet because we know you have a lot of prep work to do before the holidays. 

Nantahala Gorge Ziplining

Nantahala Gorge Ziplining | Photo by Stephan Pruitt Photography

Canopy Tour

Combine a challenging, thrilling, and fun experience by soaring through the trees on one of Wildwater’s zipline tours. Canopy tours feature ziplines, sky bridges, rappelling, and more. Wildwater offers five locations for you to experience the beauty of the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains: Pigeon, Ocoee, Nantahala, Chattooga, and Asheville

If you have young children, we even offer the Nantahala KidZipline and the Treetops Adventure Park in Asheville, NC for kids 4 to 12. This aerial features three different courses and a hangout space for parents, grandparents, and the rest of the family to sit back and relax. 

Pigeon Jeep Tours

Pigeon Jeep Tours

Jeep Tour

Go on a four-wheel drive adventure in one of Wildwater’s Jeep Tours. We offer 2-hour jeep tours at our Nantahala River Adventure Center, right in Bryson City, NC. Our Jeep Tours give Guests the opportunity to view wildlife, soak in spectacular waterfalls, and learn about the cultural and historical history of the area from our knowledgeable guides.





Goldfinch Cabin

Chattooga Mountain Cabin


Are you planning your next family reunion, bachelor/bachelorette party, or a family getaway? Then consider booking one of Wildwater’s lodging options. We offer lodging at our Chattooga and Nantahala locations with the option to stay in a treehouse, cabin, or yurt. Adventure will only be a walk away.





Nantahala River Rafting with Train in background

Wildwater Raft and Rail

Train Adventure

Chugga, chugga, CHOO, CHOO! Put your conductor hat on and climb aboard the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Train. This train ride starts in Bryson City and takes Guests on a two-hour ride over the famous Fontana Lake Railroad Trestle and up the Nantahala gorge, with a one-hour layover to enjoy a picnic lunch that is included in your reservation. Just like wine and cheese, this trip pairs well with a rafting, zipline, or jeep tour. 



Save this Holiday Season

Our Cyber Sale is here! We are offering 30% of all 2023 activities and lodging at our five locations with the code CYBER2023. Not ready to book a reservation? Digital gift cards are also included in our Winter Sale. This means you can purchase now, and book your trip later. So go ahead and mark those calendars. Our Cyber Sale runs through December 23rd. Don’t get snowed in and book your 2023 trip now.

Interested in booking a rafting trip? Check out our article “Give the Gift of Adventure With These 4 Whitewater Rafting Trips in the Southeast” to get some more gift giving inspiration.