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Nantahala River, North Carolina

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  • This is a spectacular river. Very beautiful and offers lots of activities, to wit: white wafter rafting plus you can ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad tourist train along the river gorge. Even i...  more »
  • We stopped at the river for a while during a long drive to elsewhere. It's like a hidden treasure in the NC mountains and is an incredibly beautiful, peaceful spot. Even in mid-July, down by the river...  more »
  • What a great rafting trip our group of 8 had. One of our team fell out of the boat. And I don't know how little Michael S. got him back in the boat. Great Job!! SUPER FUN TIME. THANKS CHRISTO & MICHAE...  more »
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  • I have been whitewater rafting the Nantahala for years. And it's one of my favorite places to go. Especially if you have a beginner or someone inexperienced.
  • Old River road along the river is incredibly beautiful throughout the 4 seasons. I love walking it. Since last year's flooding it has been closed and that makes it nicer to walk with no traffic and few people.
  • Very cool place to check out. Wish I brought a kayak or something to take down river. Great walking trail. So peaceful
  • When I was considerably younger and had no injuries, my husband and I paddled white water canoe on the “Nanny”. Our previous experience was paddling the Locust Fork of the Warrior River in Alabama, the Guadeloupe in Texas. We had signed up for classes at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and had a knowledgeable guide. There are sections of the Nanny that are life threatening and viewing from a safe distance gave us nightmares. We did not want to venture down there. The reason the Nanny is sooo cold is that the water is released from a dam every morning to produce electricity. We wore wet suits, paddling jackets, live preserves, and helmets and were dressed for the cold, not in cotton, but wool -and layers of fast drying fibers. During the waters release from the bottom of the dam, experienced white water kayakers and canoeists come for fun, adventure and to improve their skills. Some parts of the river are gentle class I & II rapids. We paddled the class II and Class III rapids and after threading the needle in Georgia and falling into the drink more times than I care to remember, coming to the surface of a turbulent rapid and grasping for air before calling out for help, I had enough. I had a lot more to learn before pushing my luck in heavy white water. I strongly recommend taking classes through the Nantahala Outdoor Center and hiring a Guide! If you are experienced, the trip is exhilarating !
  • Excellent canoeing!
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