Adventure weekend (part 1): 48 hours on the Nantahala

Lysianne PeacockNantahala, Uncategorized, White Water Rafting

The Nantahala River showcases an adrenaline-filled itinerary that can pack your entire weekend with adventure. From forested accommodation to daily full throttle guided outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, ziplining and Jeep and train excursions, many come to the Nantahala to tick major lifetime experiences off their bucket lists (in just 48 hours). Here’s a roundup of can’t miss highlights to hit in the Nantahala region during a two-night get-away…

Splashy Whitewater 

Two men paddling in two inflatable kayaks on the Nantahala River

The pinnacle and number one reason to visit the Nantahala Region is to experience the Nantahala River from a raft, where every seat is in the front row. Fun for the entire family, enjoy the bonding that comes from an adventurous descent of Nantahala National Forest off the flank of the Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina. Paddle hard together as you navigate boulder gardens, cliff walls and splashy whitewater rapids. This is a once-in-a-life-time experience you and your crew will never forget. 

Canopy Adventure

Trek through the trees on eleven ziplines and seven sky bridges. A network of canopy trials via cables lead adventure seekers through a gorgeous canopy of hemlocks, hardwoods, deciduous trees and flowering underbrush. Participants glide past unbelievable views of waterfalls, Fontana Lake and Clingman’s Dome. For the youngest members of your party, check out the Aerial ZIpline Playground where kids can rinse and repeat the miniature course as many times as they like. 

Train Ride & Jeep Tours

Nantahala Train Adventures - Wildwater

Start your transportation adventour in Bryson City at the train depot. This is a particularly beautiful way to see the terrain between the urban interface and the flank of the Smoky Mountains, up into the Nantahala Gorge in the fall when the leaves are changing. If you are looking for an adventure for all ages and abilities, a charming train ride welcomes  grandparents, grandchildren and parents alike. To get back to Bryson City after your weekend get-away to the Nantahala River, venture home by Jeep. Pass through the Appalachian Trail, rugged scenery and an outstanding fluorescent rainbow of foliage in the fall. 

Lodge and luxury yurts 

Watch the stars through a central skylight in a glamping yurt or book a large group stay in the comfortable and rustic lodge. Both accommodations are located walking distance from canopy, jeep and whitewater tours. Enjoy relaxing amenities like the sound of running water and pond side seating on the waterfall deck. Enjoy room side views of Nantahala National Forest and Lake Fontana. 

We’ll see you in the Nantahala Gorge or land of the noonday sun, it’s meaning in Cherokee, soon. Don’t forget to ask about packages when booking!