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Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center

10345 Highway 19 South/74 West, Bryson City, NC 28713
+1 866-319-8870
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Great staff!

From start to finish, staff friendliness was above average. Nice and helpful on the phone, at the... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
Eustis, Florida
via mobile
Great Rafting Trip

The guide was funny and informative. Everyone we encountered was friendly and fun to be around... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
Dan S
Lake Zurich, Illinois, United States
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At the Nantahala, Wildwater is the original outfitter for the Raft & Rail excursion, and also offers Jeep Tours, raft and inflatable kayak rentals,fully guided whitewater rafting trips and zipline canopy tours with Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. For a multi-day experience, Wildwater Nantahala also offers group lodging and unique Yurt lodging at Falling Waters Resort across the street from our Nantahala Adventure Center. Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours, the first zipline canopy tour in Western NC, is also located on the Falling Waters property. Family owned and operated since 1971, Wildwater is the only company to offer a Quality Service Guarantee. Wildwater offers over 15 different trips on four different rivers in the Southeast.
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10345 Highway 19 South/74 West, Bryson City, NC 28713
+1 866-319-8870
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

From start to finish, staff friendliness was above average. Nice and helpful on the phone, at the registration desk, gearing up, on the bus, and on the river. They do guided runs or you can rent rafts/kayaks and take them yourself. We got a two...More

Thank thevcfamily
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The guide was funny and informative. Everyone we encountered was friendly and fun to be around. Highly recommended.

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We had a wonderful experience rafting with Wildwater - Nantahala. This was our first time ever to white-water raft and we are definitely hooked. We are already planning to return to this outpost for future vacations.

Thank Sheila C
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Great group to raft with. Got Jay as our guide yesterday and we had a really fun trip! Thanks Wildwater!!! Robin, Cameron and Chandler

Thank Vdkarobin
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had a blast. Our guide, Rachael, was wonderful. She knew how to control the raft and made sure to show us the beautiful scenery while sharing some interesting stories. From getting our gear to getting pictures, everything was very organized. The...More

Thank ccridermom
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We went here with 4 families - 15 people. Most of the crew had never been whitewater rafting. Ages from 7 to 70. Wild water was a great experience for the whole crew. The Nantahala river (which we had been on already twice) was a...More

Thank seejay777
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have been on several different rafting trips, on different rivers. This was the first time taking our nine year old son. Really glad we booked with Wildwater. They are very organized and friendly. The equipment was very good, and the guides...More

Thank Jessica K
Reviewed 17 July 2016

I surprised my father who is 63 years old with a belated Father's Day trip down the Nantahala River and it was a great choice! It had been a few years since his last time rafting excursion, but our guide (Erin) was very knowledgable about...More

Thank Whitaustinf
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Awesome experience. Knowledgeable guide who was a local High school teacher. Fun trip with the family.

Thank pbrown65
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

My granddaughter and I went rafting as part of our Road Scholar Smoky Mountain/Blue Ridge Mountain tour. We had so much fun we were sorry when it was over. Our tour guide Jacob was the best! He gave the kids on our raft all they...More

Thank Glenda P
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24 June 2017|
Response from shauser3469 | Reviewed this property |
My husband is 71 and sounds like he's in about the same physical condition. I wouldn't try it with him. We did the Jeep tour instead.
24 June 2017|
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Response from Pabooboo | Reviewed this property |
great company, and the river is quite tame...for the most part...felt very comfortable with our young kiddos on this trip...not the biggest rapids in the world...but fun
12 September 2016|
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Response from HEATHER_Mermaid | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in August, we wore swimsuits with long sleeved swim shorts and shorts. Be sure to take water shoes, or if you have scuba booties, those would be better as the water is a constant 48 degrees!