Nantahala River Whitewater Trip!!!

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.

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  • Jerry

    Had a blast.

    1 · April 26

  • Jerry

    Forest if no one else comes you want to just meet us somewhere on alcoa hwy and we will follow you up.

    1 · April 24

    • Forrest

      Lets meet at the boat ramp on highway 129 where it meets the foothills parkway. You will see my white toyota with yellow kayak. How does 9:30 am sound? My number is[masked] if you need to reach me. Call anytime and I will reply ASAP.

      April 25

    • Jerry

      Sounds good c u there.

      April 25

  • Ben

    I have to work.

    April 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will they be releasing to the Upper( Cascades) that day?

    April 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know that is the section you're planning to run.... just asking about the flow. So no upper/cascades release that day? Makes a huge difference in difficulty. That's why I'm asking. Thanks

      April 20

    • Forrest

      I'm 99% sure that it is only the regular discharge of flow. I believe they only release the cascades at GAF in September.

      April 22

  • Ginger

    Forrest, What time do you estimate we would finish up?

    April 20

    • Forrest

      It will take pretty much all day. My guess is we will be returning the the Knoxville area by 9:00 PM. This gives us plenty of time to enjoy the river and its surroundings without being rushed back.

      1 · April 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun, but that is the day I leave for Utah and a 9 night canoe trip down the Green River thru Canyonlands to the Colorado River.

    1 · April 6

  • Forrest

    We will meet at Pellissippi State (Hardin Valley campus) near the pond. Look for the vehicles with the kayaks.

    April 6

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