Nantahala River Information
ABOUT THE NANTAHALA RIVER
The Nantahala River
The Nantahala River is a Class I, II, and III White Water River. The USDA Forestry Service "Minimum Weight or Age Restriction" for the Nantahala River is: You must weigh at least 60 pounds or be at least 7 Years of age. The full river trip on the river is 8 and one half miles long and lasts about 2-1/2 hours. All equipment, boat, life vest, paddles, instructions, and shuttle are furnished. All you need to do is show up and be ready for some great White Water Action. The river is generally 48 to 55 degrees year around, so you'll definitely get a thrill when the water comes splashing in over the sides of the boat. The Nantahala River is Dam controlled. We have scheduled releases that are very reliable all year with the exception of two or three weeks in November when maintenance is done on the Duke Power Nantahala River Dam. So you can feel confident when you schedule your trip, you don't have to worry whether or not the water will be running. We have competent staff that will help you choose the exact trip that will help you have the most successful time on the river. We have several trips that we offer.
First, lets clear up a few things about the Nantahala River.
If you have never been White Water Rafting, I'll just bet you are thinking
about ole' Burt Reynolds and his friends in the movie Deliverance. Well,
the Nantahala is not the river they were on, although it is quite famous
anyway. So forget the fact that you said that all of those White Water
Rafting Enthusiasts are "NUTS"! This is definitely not the trip
that you swore you would never be caught dead on. Remember, all you have
to weigh is 60 pounds or be at least 7 years old to ride the river.
Who just Loves to Go Rafting
Young and Old alike, including young children at least 60 pounds or at least 7 years old and our Golden Senior Citizens can safely enjoy the river. This is a super trip for family, friends, or any activity group such as Churches, Colleges, Schools, Summer Camps or Boy-Scouts/Girl-Scouts, etc. We have Corporate and small businesses that send their employees here every year for team building and moral boosters. If you love sports and outdoor activities, this is one activity that I'm sure you will enjoy and will want to return again and again seeking new adventures. If you are a Group Leader and are looking for just a bit more information, keep browsing our site for additional information and don't forget to download the Group Leader Packet from our groups page to help you start planning your event.
Thomas has written several songs that were inspired by the Nantahala
River, and the Paddle Inn Rafting Company. He is a software developer
and song writer who lives near Atlanta, and enjoys getting out on
the river. Here is one that he wrote about the the Campground and
the Paddle Inn. It is called "Let's
Go Rafting At Paddle Inn". The file is about 3 megabytes, so if you have fast access,
enjoy. It is an mp3 file. The words to the song are on his site here.
We also have a cute line dance song that Michael has written that we use when we get busy, and we entertain the customers while we get the last boats tied down for the trip. It is called "We're Strokin", (2 megabytes) and the words are really simple, and can be found here. Come and show us your version of the Line Dance.