River Rafting and Kayaking in Bryson City


River Rafting and Kayaking

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) guides more than 30,000 rafters every year on the Nantahala and six other rivers: the Chattooga, Cheoah (for the more advanced and experienced rafter), French Broad, Nolichucky, Ocoee, and Pigeon. Rates vary depending on the length of the trip and the river; half-day trips on the Nantahala are $38–$50. Raft rental starts at $22 for a half day. NOC also rents kayaks, ducks, mountain bikes, and other equipment. The bustling NOC complex on the Nantahala River is virtually a tourist attraction itself, especially for young people, with three restaurants, cabin and campground rentals, a zip line, an inn, a fly-fishing shop, and a stop for the Great Smokies Railroad. 13077 Hwy. 19 W, Bryson City, NC, 28713. 800/905–7238. www.noc.com.

Wildwater, Ltd.. Based in South Carolina but with a location in the Nantahala Gorge, Wildwater, Ltd. offers rafting on the Chatooga, Ococee, Nantahala, and Pigeon rivers. It also has a zip line and offers jeep tours. Almond, NC, 28702. 828/488-2384, 828/488–2384, 866/319-8870, or 866/319–8870. www.wildwaterrafting.com.

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