Whitewater rafting is a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Southeast!
For more than 50 years, Nantahala Outdoor Center has pioneered the industry, taking more families whitewater rafting than any other adventure company in the Southeast. Recognized as “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE, you can always trust NOC to provide you with the whitewater rafting experience of a lifetime.
With full or half-day trips and six different rivers to choose from, NOC offers a wide range of trips and packages for any skill level and adventure for all ages. Our professionally trained guides are experts at providing skilled instruction, knowledge, and fun!
Whether you are joining us for a full day of adventure at our 500-acre flagship campus in Bryson City on the Nantahala River or visiting one of our renowned river outposts located across the Southeast, we welcome you to experience the Leaders In Outdoor Adventure since 1972.
Whitewater Rafting Trips
Nantahala River Rafting: Fully Guided in North Carolina
White water rafting in North Carolina is a classic family friendly trip down the iconic mountain river: The Nantahala River. This popular rafting trip is perfect for families and paddlers of any skill level.
French Broad River Rafting: Full-Day (with Lunch)
This full-day trip offers family-friendly French Broad river rafting with fun rapids, scenic mountain views of Pisgah Forest, and a riverside lunch. One of the best things to do in Asheville, NC!
Lower Pigeon River Rafting: Lower Pigeon Gorge
Pigeon River rafting is the highlight for family vacations in the Smokies. Bouncy waves and gentle rapids make this trip perfect for families with young children 3 and up or those looking for a relaxing scenic experience.
Chattooga River Rafting: Section IV (with Lunch)
Experience one of the most iconic whitewater rafting trips in the Southeast on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. Natural beauty and thrilling rapids make this the “#1 Thing Every Southerner Ought to Do”.
Ocoee River Rafting: Middle Ocoee
The Middle Ocoee is “America’s most popular river trip” with five miles of exciting rapids and whitewater action. This half day guided trip is perfect for anyone looking for adventure in Tennessee.
Pigeon River Rafting: Upper Pigeon Gorge
Experience thrilling whitewater rafting with stunning scenery of the Smoky Mountains ideal for families and visitors looking to unplug in the outdoors. This adventure delivers nonstop action in a few short hours making it convenient and unforgettable.