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.

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Biking

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Boating

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Tubing

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Fishing

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Gem Mining

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Golf

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Parks

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Swimming

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Ziplining

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