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Rolling Thunder River Company

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10160 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9136
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Rafting with the family

Maddi guided our adventure down the river. She made our daughter have an amazing experience. They... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2017
Stephen J
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Maryville, Tennessee
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Fun day

2nd year in a row using rolling thunder for our trip. Great fun, friendly staff for this family... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2017
cmlacross
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Lexington, South Carolina
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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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10160 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713-9136
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"other companies"
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"great trip"
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"great pictures"
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Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Maddi guided our adventure down the river. She made our daughter have an amazing experience. They have an awesome gift shop with a collection of shirts and caps that far exceeded our expectations in design and quality. Definitely a great place for rafting and great...More

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2017

Stephen, thank you so much for your great review. We're very glad to know that your daughter had an amazing time on the river. Those are the kind of family memories that we like to be a part of. Thanks for choosing Thunder!

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Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

2nd year in a row using rolling thunder for our trip. Great fun, friendly staff for this family owned business. Don't worry if you fall in the cold water. The training the staff gives you before hand and then right there to get you safely...More

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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Our guide was incredibly funny and made the trip much more fun. The river level was perfect and the course was perfect. Definitely coming back, thanks to Lujon!

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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

We went white water rafting and Lujon was our guide. He made our rafting trip 100x more fun. He was very knowledgeable of the river and the area. The staff overall is very friendly and helpful, everyone there seems to actually enjoy being at work....More

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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

I would recommend to anyone. It was a ton of fun and the employees are friendly. We had Lujon as a tour guide he was hilarious and very helpful, I would definitely ask for Lujon if you are planning a trip.

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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

We were 4 families which had traveled from South Florida to the Smoky Mountains regions for vacation. We're so glad we booked Rolling Thunder for our whitewater rafting trip! The guides - Nick, Danna, Wolf, and Bumper - made the trip memorable and enjoyable. They...More

Thank Amy C
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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2017

Amy, your review is the kind we love to read. Thank you for the five stars and kind words. Birthdays on the river are special. Glad we got to celebrate with the birthday girl.

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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

I went with my boyfriend and we had a blast! We've never been before and this was the place to go. Our guide was Scott and he knew the river so well and made the whole 8 miles full of fun. We got soaked but...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

We had an AWESOME time taking the Guide in Raft trip. The price was very reasonable and well worth every penny. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

What a great first time experience. My family had a great time and really enjoyed our guide Cat. She was very knowledgeable of the river and the surrounding environment. Hope we can make this trip back very soon.

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2017

Misty, thank you taking the time to share you kind words with us and others. We do appreciate your review and will look forward to see you back on the Nantahala River very soon.

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Reviewed June 30, 2017

My wife did the research and came up with Rolling Thunder River Company as our first family rafting experience. And being a retired Marine and Harley rider, the name certainly appealed to me. The booking was super-easy. Our guide, Bryce, was very skilled, friendly, and...More

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Bobbye M, Owner at Rolling Thunder River Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2017

First, thank you for your service to our country. We're very glad you chose Rolling Thunder for your first family Nantahala rafting experience. We do appreciate your trust and are very happy that you are ready for bigger rapids. We'll look forward to seeing you...More

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The Nantahala River in Bryson City NC will be running every day that week. The Ocoee River will be running only on weekends after Labor Day. Hope this helps.
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