Wildwater Nantahala – NC
Nantahala River: North Carolina’s White Water Rafting Treasure
For five decades, the Nantahala river, located in Nantahala Gorge, just west of Bryson City, North Carolina, has been one of the most popular rivers in the entire United States! Families have been coming to the playful, fun Nantahala for generations to experience the wonders and excitement of white water rafting. In fact, generations of world class whitewater paddlers and Olympians have learned how to kayak and canoe on the Nantahala River. The Nantahala River hosted the World Kayaking Freestyle Championships in 2013.
The Nantahala’s eight miles of pristine clear water and bouncy waves have made this one of America’s favorite rivers for generations. Come learn to raft with us on one of our fully-guided trips, or if you have some experience, rent a raft or ducky and take on the river at your own pace. There’s excitement for the whole family here, starting as young as 8!
If you’re looking for a unique adventure in Western North Carolina, our Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Adventure Packages are a special treat. Ride the train from Bryson City, NC up the beautiful Nantahala Gorge, then choose add a raft, zipline or Jeep trip. The train journey crosses the historic Lake Fontana train trestle, and runs up the Nantahala gorge, with full views of all the river fun. Bring the entire family!
Raft & Rail
A scenic 2 hour train ride from Bryson City, followed by an exciting 3 hour fully-guided rafting trip. We’ve got you covered for all equipment and transport back to the train!
After your scenic 2 hour train ride, we’ll transport you to our Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour site for a fully-guided zipline experience. Then we’ll take you back to the train!
For members of your group who just want to enjoy the scenic Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train ride up the gorge and back. There’s room to relax by the river, or sightsee during the layover.
Add a Jeep Tour to your package and see the backcountry, waterfalls and wildlife of the Nantahala region from our customized touring Jeeps.
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Stay overnight and make a real vacation of your Nantahala experience. Wildwater offers several lodging options. Our Yurt Village has 8 cozy Mongolian Yurts on our 22 acre setting with ponds, waterfalls, firepits and barbecue areas. Our Group Lodge can accommodate up to 44 guests in several bunk room suites, each with a private bathroom and deck. Group meeting and kitchen facilities also available. Private Group Campsite is perfect for small groups – fits up to 8 tents.
Experience the fun of glamping in our refitted Mongolian Yurts, with queen beds, ceiling fans, and private decks from which you can enjoy the scenery.
Our group lodge will accommodate your church, youth or corporate group with ease. Our big communal room is great for for team building and we have a kitchen for rent separately.
Private Group Campsite
Our private group campsite for up to 40 guests has platforms for 8 tents, a building with kitchen and bath facilities, and an outdoor firepit. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors!