US Whitewater > North Carolina > Nantahala River



North Carolina whitewater, Nantahala River

Macon Swain county, Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     3.2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in North Carolina tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The put-in location is a short drive from Sevierville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The nature scenery of North Carolina and the beautiful way the water current moves
    down the stream beats anything. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. This section of Nantahala River is 3.2 miles long and is according
to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. When you're paddling down a Great Smoky Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This is a somewhat short section so better bring some good walking shoes. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better  
reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Nantahala River is in close proximity to Turkey Pen Cove which is certainly worth taking a look at. Interesting geology is available here; Winding Stairs is close to Nantahala River, and you can go for a hike on the Wesser Creek Trail. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Queens Falls is a great local attraction; there are perfect locations to explore along the CHoga Trail.

Nantahala River, Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Nantahala River.
 Whitewater Near Nantahala River:
Nantahala River, Macon County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.7 miles long (FS Road 327 to 1310 Bridge)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 1 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 8 miles long (Power Plant to Wesser)
Nantahala River, Macon/Swain County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 3.2 miles long (Route 1310 Bridge to Highway 19)
Whitewater Outfitter - Appalachian Rivers Raft, Cherokee County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting, Cherokee County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whiteoak Creek, Macon County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Above Nantahala Cascades)
Whitewater Outfitter - Paddle INN Rafting, Swain County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventurous Fast River Rafting-Nantahala, Swain County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Endless River Adventures, Swain County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Carolina Outfitters, Swain County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Nantahala River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 26 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Sky Valley, Georgia , 27 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Nantahala River:
Fontana Village Marina, Fontana Dam , 10 miles away
Deyton Camp Boat Dock Rentals, Robbinsville , 11 miles away
Santeetlah Marina, Lake Santeetlah , 15 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 15 miles away
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Nantahala River:
Nantahala Cabins, Bryson City , 9 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Robbinsville, Robbinsville , 10 miles away
Creekside Paradise, Robbinsville , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Andrews, Andrews , 11 miles away
Riverbend Lodging, Bryson City , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Nantahala River:
Brookside Campground and Rafting, Topton, 1 miles away
Rocky water Campground, Topton, 1 miles away
Appletree Campground, Macon County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Nantahala River:
CHoga Trail, Cherokee , 6 miles away
Wesser Creek Trail, Swain , 6 miles away
Thorn Mountain Trail, Macon , 8 miles away
Rartram Trail, Macon , 10 miles away
Rufus Morgan Trail, Macon , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Nantahala River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 28 miles away
Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina , 14 miles away
Moccasin Creek State Park, Georgia , 24 miles away
Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Nantahala River:
Ridges Golf Course, Hayesville , 13 miles away
The Ridges At Mountain Harbour, Hayesville , 13 miles away
Mill Creek Country Club, Franklin , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Nantahala River
Nantahala Lake, Macon , 4 miles away
Fontana Lake, Swain , 14 miles away
Santeetlah Lake, Graham , 16 miles away

Copyright © Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc.
Some content, including Reach Name, Class, Coordinates, and Length, comes from American Whitewater with permission.