Our job is to make it easy for you to plan your trip and come play with us!
What to Bring
Come prepared to get splashed! Our adventures go rain or shine. Watching the weather forecast can be an exercise in futility in the mountains – don’t worry about it! You will have fun regardless.
- Glasses should be attached with croakies. We have croakies available in our outfitters store.
- Bring a towel and change or clothes for after the river
- Complimentary wet suits and paddle jackets are provided
- If participants are bringing cameras, they need to be waterproof. Professional photos are taken on all of our whitewater rafting trips.
- Don’t forget to smile while on the river!
Where to stay
Make sure that you have your accommodations confirmed ahead of time. There are many places to stay and camp close to us. Check out our accommodations page for many of the wonderful places to stay during your trip.
What to do
You won’t want to miss out on every thing there is to do in the Smokies! If you’ve already booked your whitewater, kayak, or fishing adventures be sure to check out some of the other local adventures.
If you have non-river participants coming along for the day, there are so many great things to do in our area. Share with them our More Things to Do in the Area information.
- A NC fishing license with a trout stamp is necessary for fishing.
- Lunch is included in all full day wade and float trips
- All equipment is included
- Wear neutral-colored clothing, bring along a pair of socks, sunglasses (polarized are better), sunscreen, a hat
- All essential equipment is provided for instruction, but if you have your own gear, bring it along!
- A layering shirt (synthetic or wool) is suggested for those who get cold. We provide complimentary paddle jackets and wet suits.
- Bring along water, hydrating beverages, snacks and a small lunch for the river.
- For the river, plan on wearing a t-shirt & shorts and/or a bathing suit (Ladies – a bathing suit and shorts works great!).
- You will need water shoes, tennis shoes or river sandals that are secured to your feet. No flip flops!
- Coolers are not allowed on the river, nor is the consumption of alcoholic beverages. There are great places to stop and enjoy western North Carolina’s famous microbrewery beers after your trip.
- Every trip participant is required to sign a trip waiver. We strongly recommend that children rafting without parents have their waivers signed by their parents ahead of time, although a responsible adult may sign for a minor.
- Specific River Restrictions
We are permitted by the U.S. Forest Service and must follow the guidelines set out in their operating plans.
- On the Nantahala River, children must be either 7 years old or weigh 60 pounds. No previous experience is necessary.
- On the Ocoee River, the minimum age is 12 years old. No previous experience is necessary.
- On the Cheoah River the minimum age is 16 years old. Participants should be in good physical condition and have previous Class III-IV whitewater experience.
Where to Go
Driving on curvy mountain roads can take up to twice as long as normal travel time and mileages can be deceptive.Make sure all members of the group have a copy of these directions and that they follow them closely.We do not recommend the use of GPS devices or online mapping sites, as they are often not accurate on our mountain roads.Please give us a call if you are lost or running late.
NANTAHALA RIVER: our outpost is located in the Nantahala Gorge, twenty minutes west of Bryson City, NC. Overlooking the Nantahala River, our outpost is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of western North Carolina.
OCOEE RIVER: To help keep driving time to a minimum, we provide transportation to the Ocoee from our Nantahala Outpost on all our full-day Ocoee Trips. If it is more convenient for you to come straight to the Ocoee, we are happy to accommodate your arrival at the river put-in. There are two separate put-ins, one for the Upper Ocoee and one for the Middle Ocoee. Make sure you have the correct put in.
CHEOAH RIVER: Just forty minutes from the Nantahala Gorge, even the drive to the Cheoah is beautiful. If it is more convenient for you to meet us at the river, please follow the Cheoah put-in directions.
If You Have Questions:
Contact us for questions and help making your trip memorable