Nantahala River Gorge

America's Whitewater Playground. Explore whitewater rafting, zipline, gem…

America's Whitewater Playground. Explore whitewater rafting, zipline, gem mining, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and scenic drives.

Nantahala Gorge

Fun for all Ages and Activity Levels!

There are exciting activities for all ages and experience levels here in Nantahala Gorge. Active to easygoing adventures include: whitewater rafting and kayaking, zip lining, hiking, biking, fly fishing, horseback riding, jeep tours, gem mining, picnicking, waterfalls, and riverside trail walks. Watching paddlers play on the river is highlight for many visitors - from the freestyle wave at the Nantahala River takeout - site of the 2013 World Freestyle Championships - to the many picnic areas and pullouts along the scenic Nantahala Gorge. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad travels up the Nantahala Gorge from Bryson City, and rafting and train trip combo packages are an outstanding way to both experience and see the wonders of the Nantahala Gorge.

What is a child's age and weight limit for Nantahala River rafting?

All participants must be at least 7 years old OR weigh at least 60 lbs. No prior experience necessary.

Is the Nantahala River and National Forest pet-friendly?

The Nantahala National Forest is a pet-friendly public area. Dogs are allowed to join their owners at the pet-friendly Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, however outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge do not permit pets on the shuttle or on their equipment including rafts

What does the word "Nantahala" mean?

"Nantahala" is a Cherokee word which means "Land of the Noonday Sun." The area fits its name because in a few spots, the sun's rays only reaches the floors of the Nantahala National Forest when it is directly overhead during the middle of the day.

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