Nantahala River

The Nantahala River Gorge

  • Length: 8.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Class II-III
  • Best Rapid: Nantahala Falls
  • Rec. Level: 950 CFS
  • Put-in: Duke Energy Power Plant
  • Take-out: Hwy 74 FS Take-out
  • Season: March - October

Nantahala River with WildwaterThe Nantahala River, located in Nantahala National Forest, is one of America's favorite whitewater playgrounds. It’s ideal location at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a short distance from Cherokee and Bryson City, NC, makes the Nantahala River convenient to mountain vacationers.

Eight miles of clear water, constant waves and swift currents make the Nantahala River a delight for all ages and groups interested in an exhilarating introduction to whitewater rafting. The trip takes over 3 hours and contains numerous class I and II rapids, with a class III at the end. Our rafting trips are fully guided. Since the Nantahala River is a dam-controlled river, one can expect good water flows at all times of the year.

To book your trip on the Nantahala River call Wildwater at 866.319.8870!