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Wildwater Nantahala - Rafting Adventures

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Address: 10345 Hwy 74 W, Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone Number: +1 866-319-8870
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At the Nantahala, Wildwater is the original outfitter for the Raft &...

At the Nantahala, Wildwater is the original outfitter for the Raft & Rail excursion, and also offers Jeep Tours, raft and inflatable kayak rentals,fully guided whitewater rafting trips and zipline canopy tours with Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. For a multi-day experience, Wildwater Nantahala also offers group lodging and unique Yurt lodging at Falling Waters Resort across the street from our Nantahala Adventure Center. Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours, the first zipline canopy tour in Western NC, is also located on the Falling Waters property. Family owned and operated since 1971, Wildwater is the only company to offer a Quality Service Guarantee. Wildwater offers over 15 different trips on four different rivers in the Southeast.

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SO much fun & Beautiful Sightseeing

I cannot recommend this company highly enough. Myself and four friends were visiting the area and looking for a little adventure and a lot of sightseeing. Whitewater rafting with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2015
Miami Beach, Florida
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I cannot recommend this company highly enough. Myself and four friends were visiting the area and looking for a little adventure and a lot of sightseeing. Whitewater rafting with this company not only fit the bill, but exceeded expectations. We had such a blast and kept laughing about our experience for hours after our tour ended. Our guide Ryan "Moondog"... More 

Thank CaraRK313
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We went ahead with the Nantahala river rafting plan on October 17th, 2015 with lots of inquisitiveness. But the trip turned out to be super fun and I would have regretted if I had not done it. We had our guide by name Niel and he was so super strong and cordial that we enjoyed every bit of the 3... More 

Thank sruthy m
Ayden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

We were on our honeymoon and it rained the entire time but wildwater made sure we had a good time. Wildwater provided us with wetsuits and waterproof jackets because it was rainy and they wanted to help keep us warm! It was my first time rafting so I found our instructor very helpful and he kept us interested during the... More 

Thank Shae G
Madisonville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This was our friends' first whitewater rafting experience and they loved it. We had a nice guide, Pappy, and he made the trip so enjoyable and comfortable for the newbie rafters. We were able to experience the beautiful foliage and peaceful trip. There were just enough "rough" rapids to make it interesting. I highly recommend this rafting company for first... More 

Thank sbailey76
Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Our jeep tour was great! What a nice way to start off our Blue Ridge Parkway trip! We saw parts of the Nantahala River rafters and train riders (last year we did the train!!!!). Because we were warned - we were dressed plenty warm for the upper elevation chill. Our guide knew the area well and many of the people... More 

Thank Terry K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We did a last minute booking in the off season. We wanted a bite to eat before our trip, so the staff recommended a nearby place, and suggested we call ahead so we wouldn't wait too long. Good recommendation! Also, the instructor gave us a warning on foot placement that 2 other rafting companies on previous trips were wrong on.... More 

Thank Sharon G
Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Never did this in my entire life & Let me tell you IT WAS QUITE THE EXPERIENCE . Our guide was excellent & took us on a fantastic trip . We saw a prep video before we went & was very informative . A must do for your Bucket list . About 2 hrs on river & 6 -7 mile... More 

Thank Christopher P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We did our Jeep Tour as part of a package with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The information I received in advance was excellent in regard to how and when to get the boxed lunch. Need to know information that was left out is dispose of all trash and make sure you use the toilet BEFORE getting off the train.... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The jeep tour was worth going on. Todd was our driver and he made the trip! It was beautiful and interesting to hear about the history.

Thank DebVawter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Had a great day rafting. Very affordable. Our tour guide "King" did a fantastic job. Learned a lot about the river from him. Will be returning with friends and recommending to family.

Thank Mike T

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