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Deep Creek Guided Hike and Raft Adventure Package

Bryson City, NC
from $140
New for 2024!

Enjoy a mix of scenery and excitement with this exclusive guided hike and raft package.

7+ Years Old
Min 60 Lbs
3-3.5 Hours Long
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Discover the best of the region in this spectacular guided package where scenic beauty meets adventure! Pair a peaceful morning hike in Smoky Mountains National Park, with a fun afternoon whitewater rafting trip on the Nantahala River.

Start the day at Deep Creek to embark on a guided tour and hike and discover the park’s natural wonders like lush trails, stunning waterfalls and geological formations. The path is a treasure trove of wildflowers, unique plants, and insects. With 3,000 miles of streams in the Smokies, there are an abundance of cascades and waterfalls but few places where you can enjoy three in just a 2.5-mile hike like this one.

After the hike, retreat to the NOC Nantahala Campus for lunch at Big Wesser Riverside Pub to relax and refuel.

The adventure continues in the afternoon with a classic rafting experience on the crystal-clear Nantahala River. Led by NOC guides, paddle fun Class I-II rapids with areas to sit back and admire the beauty. Splash down the Class III Nantahala Falls for the finale, where you’ll end up back on campus in time for live entertainment or dinner.

This package captures the best our mountain region has to offer all in one unforgettable day.


Deep Creek Picnic Area


2431 W Deep Creek Rd #2027, Bryson City, NC 28713

Guided Hike:

  • The hike will be led by professional guides from NOC partner, A Walk in the Woods. The hike is considered easy.
  • Total time for the hike will be 3-3.5 hours. Light snacks provided (some nut-based). You are welcome to bring alternative or additional snacks if needed.
  • Please pack water and dress appropriately- see packing list for details.
  • Parking passes are now required in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will need to purchase a parking pass at the Deep Creek Trailhead.

Lunch: Big Wesser Voucher – Head to NOC for lunch along with river at Big Wesser Riverside Bar. $30 with 10% discount applied at register. Include link to Big Wesser hours and menu.

Nantahala Fully-Guided Rafting:

  • Meet at NOC’s Nantahala River Adventure Campus located at: 10377 Highway 19 West Bryson City, NC and check-in at the Adventure Deck for rafting. The Nantahala Fully-Guided Rafting trip is approximately 3 hours total with 2 hours spent on the river.
    • The remainder of your time will be spent in trip preparation and shuttle.
  • Dress to get wet- see packing list for details. Bring dry clothes and shoes to change into after your trip, changing rooms and showers are available.
  • Professional guides are provided in this hike and raft package.
  • A Walk in the Woods will provide light snacks for the hike.
  • NOC provides all paddling equipment needed for the trip.
    • Raft
    • Paddle
    • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
    • Wet Suits & Splash Gear (by request)

For Hiking:

  • Please bring at least 16 ounces of water for each person.
  • Participants wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes.
  • You may also want to bring a rain jacket or poncho.
  • A backpack is recommended to carry items in.

For Rafting:

Dress in clothes that can get wet, and wear shoes that will stay securely on your feet, with a back heel straps (flip flops are not recommended).Don’t forget dry clothes and shoes for after your trip. There are changing rooms available.

  • Clothing that can get wet
  • Shoes that will stay securely on your feet
  • In cooler weather, avoid wearing heavy cottons; wear synthetics and wool socks
  • *Please leave all personal belongings in your car, our guides will take your keys prior to the trip and hold them until your return.
  • Participants must be able to walk 2.5 miles unassisted on rough, uneven terrain for the hike.
  • All minors (17 and under) require the presence of an adult during activities.
  • All participants must be at least 7 years old OR weigh at least 60 lbs.
  • No prior experience necessary.
  • Snacks will be provided on the hiking tour and a 10% voucher off $30 or more is available for lunch at Big Wesser Riverside Pub on the NOC Nantahala Campus.
  • NOC offers multiple riverside restaurants and food venues for additional snacks, meals, and drinks.
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