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Address: 10160 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9136
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Rolling Thunder River Company has provided exceptional river trips for...

Rolling Thunder River Company has provided exceptional river trips for almost 40 years. The family-friendly Nantahala River in western North Carolina has become a favorite river for hundreds of thousands of rafters each season. We offer Guided/Follow-A-Guide/Non-Guided options. Family-owned and operated.

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Rolling Thunder is a great organization. The staff are all personable and kind. My 17 yr old son and I rented a double funyak, which I highly recommend and ventured the cold... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Savannah, Georgia
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Savannah, Georgia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Rolling Thunder is a great organization. The staff are all personable and kind. My 17 yr old son and I rented a double funyak, which I highly recommend and ventured the cold waters (the trip is about 8 miles long). While the river was great, goofing with my son on the water for two hours without his phone was priceless.... More 

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this review

Wowza! Thank you for your awesome review. These days two hours with your child without a phone is a rare event and one to be treasured for sure. We will look forward to seeing you on the river again. Check us out on Facebook and stay in touch. More 

Tamarac, Florida
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2016

Our day on the river with Rolling Thunder was outstanding. It was the absolute highlight of our trip to North Carolina. A white water rafting trip had been on our bucket list for years, so we had some really high expectations. Rolling Thunder delivered and then some. Our guide was Nick. He had 3 couples on his raft and each... More 

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this review

Brad and Carol, glad to hear that our Nantahala River rafting trip made a great addition to your trip to North Carolina. On behalf of the hardest working, most enthusiastic staff on the river thank you for the great review. We read each and every review and take them to heart. Please join us on Facebook and stay in touch. More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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137 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2016

This was our third visit to Rolling Thunder. We took a very early reservation and we pretty much had the river to ourselves. Our guide (Nick?) did a geat job. The water was a little cold, ok a lot cold, but the weather made up for that.Great service at a very fair price. There are other options on the river... More 

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Columbia
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

We drove on the curvy mountain road from Lake Glenville with a teenager who gets car sick. It took us a little over an hour but we were all glad we made the drive. I was worried the bus ride up to put in would make the motion sickness worst but that was not the case. We packed sandwiches and... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a super-FUN rafting experience...the Rolling Thunder delivers! The people are incredibly knowledgable, put your safety 1st and assure you a fun trip! All the guides were "on," making even the bus ride enjoyable ;)- Ezra was incredible fun as our guide. So happy they had to call him in to work today! Our girlie-girls loved the... More 

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this review

Kathy, thank you for recognizing the efforts of our staff to provide you and your "girlie-girls" with an outstanding rafting trip. Glad to hear you're planning to come back next year. We'll be looking for you. Thank you for posing such a great review for us. We appreciate you. More 

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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2016

I have never done river rafting before. so, I picked 3 hour non guided (my husband had done it before i.e. we did not need a guide) beginner-intermediate level rafting tour. we had a blast. I followed their getting dressed instructions to the t and I did not go wrong. you do get wet no matter what. it happened to... More 

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this review

Alexandra, glad the trip went so well for you. We agree - It's an incredibly beautiful river. Hope to see you on the river again. More 

Wisconsin
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100 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2016

My husband, I, son and daughter in law, spent a couple hours rafting. I, my son and daughter in law love the water and were really looking forward to the trip. My husband however is not a fan of the water. Having said that, my husband had a really good time. The water had a lot of small rapids that... More 

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this review

Julie, glad you enjoyed your rafting trip. The booties are great for keeping your feet warm. Check out our Facebook page and stay in touch. More 

Dacula, Georgia
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181 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We visited today and had so much fun from the moment we checked in. The guides are professional, incredibly organized and we had a blast!!! Even the safety briefing before the trip was fun!! These guides work so hard and really know what they are doing. Two people in our family did "go swimming" (aka fell out of the boat)... More 

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this review

On behalf of the hardest working and most enthusiastic staff on the river, thank you for the great review. We read each and every review and love hearing that you had a great experience with us. We'll be looking forward to seeing you on the river again. More 

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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2016

This is a beautiful river and a great ride. It offers enough white water to require some work, but has plenty of just float time. No guide needed...except maybe when you get stuck on a rock. The scariest part is the ride on the van and bus from the river.

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Ridgeland, South Carolina
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2016

If you are fasting the Nantahala River, this is the place for you. Cost was most reasonable. All their guides are professional and knowledgeable. Our guide, Cat, was very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. Their guides are not only very good at what they do, they are very attentive to everyone on the river and stand ready to assist anyone... More 

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