whitewater rafting the high south


Whitewater rafting is one of The High South's best, natural outdoor experience! With many rivers in Western North Carolina offering  a variety of thrills - your mountain experience will not be complete without at least one trip!

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Interested more in an easy tubing adventure? 
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Whitewater rafting in The High South is generally on two rivers - the Nantahala or the Tuckaseegee. These both have Class 1 and 2 rapids. The Nathahala has one Class 3! We feature three of the top whitewater rafting companies below! (... and one for those just looking to tube down a lazy river... scroll down!)

The consistency of the whitewater makes the Nantahala ideal for families and beginners. Thousands of gallons of water are released from Nantahala Lake, almost on a daily basis which turns the most popular an 8.5-mile stretch of the Nantahala into an almost continuous whitewater class II run.

'The Tuck' - The Tuckaseegee River also offers class II runs but has move class 1 and is usually considered a great first timer experience. The Tuck cranks up to a real beast during the Lake Glenville Dam water release. Learn more about the [High Falls Dam Release Here!]

Dillsboro River Company

Mom Approved Whitewater Rafting
Dillsboro, NC

Welcome to Dillsboro River Company. We provide family-friendly whitewater rafting on the Tuckasegee River, just outside of Dillsboro, Sylva, and Bryson City, North Carolina. The Tuckasegee is the ideal river for first-time rafters, families with young children (minimum age limit is 4), and those who want more of a relaxing river trip with warmer water and the milder Class I & II rapids
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Nantahala Outdoor Center

Bryson City, NC

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, the 500-acre campus has plenty of options for keeping your entire group happy and active, whether you spend the day or a week! [Visit their Web Site]

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Wildwater Rafting

Almond, NC near Bryson City

Generations of families and groups have been introduced to the exhilarating fun of white water rafting on the Nantahala’s eight miles of bouncy class I and II rapids. Our guides will steer you through the three-hour trip on one of the most popular rivers in America, ending with an exciting passage through Nantahala Falls at the trip’s end. Perfect for first-timers and a beautiful river for even the experienced paddler. [Visit their Web Site]

Some of the companies we feature also offer whitewater guided tours on the Chatooga and French Broad Rivers.

Dillsboro River Company

Welcome to Dillsboro River Company! We provide family friendly white water rafting on the Tuckasegee River, just outside of Dillsboro, Sylva and Bryson City, North Carolina
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NOC Intro Video

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. This is one of America's most popular whitewater runs!
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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!
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Looking for something a little less demanding???

How about floating on a tube down a lazy river?

Headwaters Outfitters

Local river shop at the FORKS of the french Broad

Over 400 Amazing BlockFly Fishing • Paddling • Tubing • Taproom

Our shop lives at the meeting point of the North Fork and West Fork of the French Broad River.

We’re the source for family-friendly fly fishing guides and river trips in the French Broad River Valley. [Visit Headwaters Outfitters]

Headwaters Outfitters

Headwaters Outfitters offers fly fishing, tubing and paddling trips from the forks of the French Broad River to fishingh the technical banks of the Davidson River. We also fish the historically rich waters of Dupont State Forest, or can hide away in Pisgah National Forest. Wherever you’d like to be, you’ll find your ideal fly fishing guide, shuttled paddle trip or relaxing family tubing float with Headwaters Outfitters.

Content and Images on this page courtesy:

Dillsboro River Company
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Wildwater Rafting
Headwaters Outfitters

All these are great companies - you should give this outdoor experience a try!!!

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