Whitewater Rafting

Wildwater Nantahala
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.Rafting the Nantahala

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
• All transportation

Trip Length: Approximately 7 hrs.
Minimum weight: 60 lbs.

Raft & Rail©:

Wildwater Jeep® Tours
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.

Wildwater Ocoee
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

Avanti Spa
Mobile Massages
(828) 736-0147

Tubing/Float Trips (under 40 lbs.)
Deep Creek Tube Center
(828) 488-6055

Mountain Biking

Mountain BikingTsali

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 Trail
Hikers on the TrailThe 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.

Bartram Trail
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
American Hikes
(828) 488-6688

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding
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 wildlife.

Riding in the Smokies

Falling Waters Resort, Phone:1-800-451-9972, email: wwltd@nuvox.net 

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