Wildwater provides fully guided and rental trips on the Nantahala River.
Its 8 miles of constant waves, swift, clear currents and magnificent scenery
provide an exhilarating introduction to whitewater rafting. Rapids
like the Whirlpool, the Bump, and Nantahala Falls
provide just enough excitement. Our Adventure Center is located just
across the street from Falling Waters Resort.
Trip Length: Approximately 3.5 hrs.
Minimum weight: 60 lbs.
Trips scheduled daily April - October
Nantahala Raft & Rail© Excursions
The Raft'N Rail® with Wildwater and the Great Smoky Mountain
Railroad is a unique family adventure you'll find in the heart of the
Smokies! Raft & Rail© Excursion includes:
2-hour railroad excursion
on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway up the Nantahala Gorge leaving from
Bryson City, NC
8-mile guide-assisted raft trip down the Nantahala River
Picnic lunch & beverage on the side of the Nantahala River
Hot showers & change facilities
Trip Length: Approximately 7
Minimum weight: 60 lbs.
Raft & Rail©:
Join our skilled and knowledgeable local guides
by following in the steps of the early explorers, visiting the back roads
of the region and learning more about this beautiful region directly from
North Carolina natives.
In addition to offering
guided rafting trips, the Ocoee has hosted Olympic and other international
whitewater competitions. The Ocoee offers some of the most exciting
whitewater in the southeast. Wildwater Ocoee
is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from Falling Waters Resort.
Minimum age: 12 years old
Trips scheduled April - October
Zipline Canopy Tours
Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours
Ocoee River Basin Canopy Tours
(under 40 lbs.)
Creek Tube Center
Tsali is one of the premier mountain biking areas in the country.
Guided Trips/ Bike Rentals
Historic Fontana Village
Muddy Trax Bike Shop
Fontana Dam, NC
The area around the Nantahala provides ample fishing
opportunities whether it be fishing on scenic Fontana Lake and Nantahala
Lake or fly fishing on the premier streams of the Great Smokies. Bring
your fishing rod and try your luck at catching the record trout.
Hiking and Backpacking
Appalachian National Trail is a 2,158-mile footpath along the ridge crests
and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin
in central Maine to Springer Mountain in north Georgia. The trail can
be accessed in the Nantahala River Gorge. Activities include short and
long-distance hiking, backpacking, bird and wildlife watching, and other
backcountry recreation. Permits are not required to walk the Trail, but
overnight camping permits are necessary in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. Three-sided shelters are provided every 10-12 miles.
The NC Bartram Trail crosses some of the most scenic mountains of the
state, with many side trails leading to views of the Blue Ridge and the
Smokies. The trail enters North Carolina just south of Highlands and curves
in a north-to-west direction through western North Carolina. At Franklin,
the Trail turns west and ascends the Nantahala Mountains to Wayah Bald,
which at 5385 feet, is the highest point on the trail. The trail joins
the Appalachian Trail briefly, then descends to Nantahala Lake.
For More Information, Contact: Wayah Ranger Station 704-524-6441 on US
64 W. of Franklin, NC
Guided Hiking Trips
Experience the Great Smoky Mountains
by horseback. Discover North Carolina's best trails and breathtaking views
while discovering the many varieties of trees, wildflowers, creeks, and
Riding in the Smokies
Falling Waters Resort, Phone:1-800-451-9972,
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