Nantahala Ziplining

Falling Waters Nantahala

When you stay at Falling Waters Nantahala, you’re within walking distance of Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours,  first, authentic, and longest zipline canopy tour in the Nantahala Gorge and Bryson City region! New this year is a special KidZip course, so ages 4 and up can enjoy flying through the trees.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

This is the first zipline canopy tour in the Nantahala Gorge area of Western NC through the mountainous property of Falling Waters Nantahala. Our 13 zips and 8 sky bridges combine for over 1/2 mile of high-flying fun on this adventure activity.

Experience the excitement and beauty of sailing through the air and the trees in Western North Carolina! Canopy tours are a spectacular way to experience flight and enjoy the outdoors with an added element of adventure and excitement. A moderate uphill trail leads you to the entrance of the tour. One additional short hike takes you to the final 2 zips back to our wooded pavilion.  New- Starting May 1 our canopy tours will accommodate kids 8 yrs. old and up with a minimum weight of 60 lbs. (1 adult/kid under 12 yrs. old).

  • 2 Canopy Rangers per group
  • 3 hours
  • 13 ziplines
  • 8 sky bridges
  • ages 10+, weight 70 lbs – 250 lbs.


Ranges from $74 to $89 per person, depending on group size. Includes a full-body harness, a two-wheeled zipline trolley, helmet, and gloves.


Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Wildwater at 866-319-8870. Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours is open through Thanksgiving weekend (closed Thanksgiving Day).


Check out our other Canopy Tours in NC, TN & SC!

We own and operate four more full-length canopy zipline courses at the Pigeon River in TN, at the Chattooga River in SC, at the Ocoee River in Ducktown, TN, and in Asheville, NC.  Try them all!

Wildwater was the first company in the US to build multiple zipline courses specifically for kids 4 & older and this is our 2nd one in Western NC! KidZip Nantahala will offer ziplines and adventure park elements for kids 4-12 years old old in a scenic wooded adventure setting. With a continuous cable and roller system there is no clipping and unclipping for the participants!!

  • Ages 4-12
  • Ground School training
  • 13 zipline sections (beginner, intermediate & advanced)
  • 8 climbing elements- entrances, exits & connections
  • Tree based platforms, ziplines & challenges
  • 2-hour time block, zip and climb as many times as you want
  • 4-6 yr. olds must have paying adult escort on the course with them.
  • 7 -12 year olds enjoy the course with adult chaperone nearby.
  • Adults only allowed when accompanying youth (4-12 years).

A train and canopy combo trip rides through the Smoky Mountains and then ends with an exciting zipline canopy tour for ages 10 and up. Begins and ends at the train depot in Bryson City.

  • 2-hour morning train ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad along Fontana Lake and up into the Nantahala Gorge
  • Lunch on the train while traveling along side of the Nantahala River
  • Take off after lunch on 13 ziplines and 8 sky bridges on the Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour, ages 10 and up
  • All transportation included (begins and ends at train depot)


  • Nantahala Rafting

    Wildwater offers fully guided, guide-assisted and rental raft trips on the Nantahala River.

  • Jeep® Tours

    Explore the secret back roads of the Nantahala region with a Jeep® tour!

  • Train Adventures

    Combine the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with whitewater rafting in the Nantahala Gorge.


  • Yurt Village

    Our comfortable, traditional yurts are a unique and inspiring alternative to cabin rentals.

  • Group Lodge

    Our casual mountain group lodge accommodates up to 40 people with all amenities.

  • Group Campsite

    Our new private group campsite has tent platforms, grassy tent sites, and a private bathhouse.