White Water Rafting

The High South's Favorite Summer Experience! 
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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Whitewater rafting can be traced back to 1811 on the Snake River in Wyoming! This experience is a right of passage today in The High South of Western North Carolina. Check out our top recommended rafting companies including one that is Mom Approved!

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!)

Dillsboro River Company

Mom Approved Whitewater Rafting

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 Bryson City and 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!
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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.
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Headwaters Outfittlers

Looking for something a little less demanding???
How about floating on a tube down a lazy river? Headwaters Outfitters is the closest rafting facility to Sapphire Valley Resort.

For over 30 years, we have provided customers with unique and memorable river excursions. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking down the first 20 miles of the historic French Broad River – the third oldest river in the world! 
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