The North Carolina Mountains Sights

Nantahala River

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/14/2017

Fodor's Review

The most popular river in western North Carolina for rafting and kayaking is the Nantahala River, which races through the scenic Nantahala Gorge, a 1,600-foot-deep gorge that begins about 13 miles west of Bryson City on U.S. 19. Class III and Class IV rapids (Class V are the most dangerous) make for a thrilling ride. A number of outfitters run river trips or rent equipment. At several points along the river you can park your car and watch rafters run the rapids—on a summer day you'll see hundreds of rafts and kayaks going by.

Sight Information


U.S. 19, beginning 13 miles west of Bryson City, Bryson City, North Carolina, 28713, USA


828-524–6441-Nantahala Ranger District, National Forest Service


Published 11/14/2017


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