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“Great First White Water Rafting Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of High Mountain Expeditions

High Mountain Expeditions
3149 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, NC 28604
800-262-9036
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Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Welcome to High Mountain Expeditions. We are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with two locations to serve you in Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina. High Mountain Expeditions offers outdoor activities, such as whitewater rafting, caving, and hiking for every member of your group or family.The team at High Mountain Expeditions invites you to join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on one of our many outdoor adventures.
Brooker, Florida
2 reviews
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“Great First White Water Rafting Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We are from the flatland of Florida and were a little nervous about white water rafting. The folks at High Mountain Expeditions were friendly and helped us feel comfortable with what we were going to encounter. Our guides were Bill, Nathan and Megan. Everyone stayed in the raft and had a blast going down the river. It was a beautiful view and very family friendly. We were fed lunch before the rafting and they had snacks available for sell after the trip. The only negative was the cold river water (I am used to warmer water, being from Florida), but obviously, that is something they have no control over. We may return on our next trip for the more challenging rafting trip to see how it goes.

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Hoquiam, Washington
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“river raft trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Loved this trip last year and would have loved it this year with one exception.The family we had to share our raft with had a crying,screaming spoiled 3 year old who didnt like getting wet. Part of this adventure is interacting with other boats in water fights and because of him we were left out of a lot. I will say our guide tried his best. I would do this agin and the company was very sympathetic to our complaints and offered us a free trip for our group of 4. It shows they care and try hard. Also they had a nice picnic lunch

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“Excellent!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I can't speak for a group with younger children, but as a group of six 21 year olds, we had an absolute blast. Our guide, "wild" Bill, made sure that we got our money's worth. We were able to hit three class IV rapids that had "high possibilities" of flipping the raft-- and guess what we did! The fun of it was hitting rocks and rapids with the intent of falling off and swimming. It's not every day that the guides get to have a lot of fun with people who are ready to take a beating, but it was so worth it. He constantly reminded us that if it was too much, tell him and we would calm it down a little bit. They were all very nice and made sure that our trip was what we expected it to be! Lunch was also very nice with fresh deli meat. Highly recommended, we will absolutely use them again!!

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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“Great family time!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Went on the half day rafting trip on the Watauga River and had a fabulous time! The river wasn't too challenging but that was exactly what we were looking for. Our trip started out with lunch being served after we reached our destination - an unexpected and nice touch. The guides were incredible! It was obvious they love what they do; they were entertaining, knowledgeable and just plain fun! We were told to only bring a few dollars with in case we wanted to buy some snacks at the end but bring more - we wanted to tip our guide but had almost nothing on us! Highly recommend.

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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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“A great day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We decided to go tubing on my granddaughter's last day in North Carolina, so we drove to High Mountain Expeditions. The day was perfect, tubing was so lazy and laid back, and we had a great time. The guide took us to the drop off point, giving us landmarks on the way back so we would know where we were. He was there at the finish line, helped us get out of the rafts (we ranged in age from 72 to 8) and was truly professional. All in all, a first class visit!

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