This is a great whitewater river! Famous for its cool water, its exciting rapids, and its breathtaking scenery, the Nantahala is the most paddled river in the world (as far as recreation goes). This section of the Nantahala river is 8 miles long and is solid class II+ with one benchmark class III at the very end. It is easy to skip the last rapid if you want to. The takeout is the main base for the Nantahala Outdoor Center. They have rentals available (either hard shell/sit-in kayaks or inflatable kayaks, aka "duckies") and they have changing rooms, ample parking, hot showers, shuttle service, cabin lodging, a great outfitters store, and two tasty local restaurants--right on the river at the takeout! The Appalachian Trail crosses a foot bridge at the takeout on its way from Georgia to Maine. This is a very special place. It is surrounded by national forests and is Appalachian beauty at its best! If you want to bring your own boat, then it MUST be a whitewater boat and whitewater gear. If you don't have a whitewater boat then you can rent a whitewater boat or an inflatable kayak for the day (safety gear included)!
The plan is to meet and carpool over to the river. We will run the river and then explore the Nantahala Outdoor Center and grab a bite to eat and then head back. This is a day trip so expect it to take all day. It is a 2 hour scenic drive to get to the river (one way).
Feel free to ask questions.