Classic Family Rafting in Western North Carolina
North Carolina's shimmering Nantahala River offers river rafting through family-friendly rapids that are mild but exciting. The Nantahala features eight miles of practice on easy Class II rapids before splashing through the exciting Class III whitewater of Nantahala Falls.
The Nantahala is also headquarters of the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Founded in 1972, NOC is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River in the Nantahala National Forest. Originally a roadside inn, the company has evolved into one of the largest outdoor recreation companies in the nation, hosting well over one million guests each year.
NOC's 500-acre adventure center offers whitewater rafting, four aerial and zipline activities, mountain biking on nine miles of private trails, and stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Fontana. In between activities, you can shop at one of NOC's four retail stores including NOC's flagship Outfitter's Store, eat at NOC's two riverfront restaurants, and even stay in a cabin adjoining the Appalachian Trail.
Bryson City, NC
Distance: 8 Miles
Duration: 6.5 Hours
Price: $99.99-$119.99 (includes lunch)
Age: 7+ year or
Weight Range:60+ Pounds
This guest favorite combines a scenic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train excursion with a Nantahala River rafting trip. Learn More
Bryson City, NC
Duration: 2 Hours
Price: $29.99 per person
Age: 4+ Years for Kayak & Canoe, 8+ Years for SUP
Lake Fontana Kayak and SUP rentals enable you to explore the lake at your own pace. Find waterfalls, see wildlife and improve your paddling. Learn More