Rafting Near Asheville, NC


Best White Water Rafting near Asheville

White water rafting near Asheville, NC includes four wonderful rivers within an easy drive in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia & South Carolina. Each river is quite different.  The four rivers are: The French Broad River, the Big Pigeon River, the Nantahala River, and the Chattooga National Wild & Scenic River. These rivers together offer fun for ages 4+, 8+, 12+ and different sections from easygoing float trips (Lower Pigeon River) to some of the world’s best whitewater (Chattooga Section 4).  Wildwater runs daily rafting trips on the Chattooga, Pigeon, and Nantahala Rivers, with the season starting in March and running into November.

Where are these rivers?

The French Broad River runs right through Asheville with tubing available, and the white water rafting section is about 30 – 45 minutes north of town. The famous Chattooga river (Southern Living’s #1 Thing for Southerners to Do!) is a beautiful 2 hour drive south west of Asheville and follows the Georgia/South Carolina border, the Big Pigeon River in Tennessee is a one hour drive northwest through a part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Nantahala River is another beautiful 1+ hour drive due west to Nantahala Gorge in North Carolina.

Address

71251 Academy Road
Long Creek, SC 29658

Phone

Reservations #: 866-319-8870

About

With twenty-six miles of the best and most challenging white water in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain region, this wild and scenic river is an experience you won’t want to miss. Famed as the location of the movie Deliverance, the Chattooga offers something for everyone from bouncy class rapids on Section 3, to the epic challenge of Section 4’s famed Five Falls.

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Distance
CityMiles
Asheville105 mi
Quick Details
  • Chattooga Section 3 – ages 8+, full day, riverside lunch
  • Chattooga Section 4 – ages 12+, full day, riverside lunch
  • Chattooga Mini Trip – ages 8+, 4 hours, snack on river
  • Chattooga Overnighter
  • Raft & Zip Packages- Add Ziplining
  • Yurt & Cabin Lodging Available
Address

3555 Hartford Rd.
Hartford, TN 37753

Phone

Reservations #: 866-319-8870

About

Wildwater runs trips on both the Upper and Lower Pigeon. On the Upper Pigeon river you’ll experience five miles of non-stop class 3 and 4 rapids with names like Big Rock, Roller Coaster and Double Reactionary! On the Lower Pigeon, you’ll have a peaceful float, with small class 1 and 2 rapids, and plenty of time to splash and play. 

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Distance
CityMiles
Asheville56 mi
Quick Details
  • Upper Pigeon River – ages 8+, 2 hours
  • Lower Pigeon River – ages 4+, 2.5 hours
  • Raft & Zip Packages- Add Ziplining


Rafting Center Address

10345 Highway 19 South/74 West
Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone

Reservations #: 866-319-8870

About

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!

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Distance
CityMiles
Asheville74 mi
Quick Details
  • Nantahala Rafting – ages 7+, 3.5 hours
  • Nantahala Raft Rentals – ages 7+, 3.5 hours
  • Nantahala Duckies – ages 7+, 3.5 hours, 1 & 2 person inflatable kayaks
  • Raft & Zip Packages- Add Ziplining
  • Yurt & Group Lodging Available

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We are ready to guide you to the perfect mix of white water rafting, ziplining and other outdoor adventures, matched with unique yurt or cabin lodging and plenty of connection time with family & friends. We've been helping guests enjoy fantastic adventures in the Smoky Mountains since 1971.