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High Mountain Expeditions
Ranked #2 of 2 Tours in Banner Elk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to High Mountain Expeditions. We are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with two locations to serve you in Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina. High Mountain Expeditions offers outdoor activities, such as whitewater rafting, caving, and hiking for every member of your group or family.The team at High Mountain Expeditions invites you to join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on one of our many outdoor adventures.
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We come up here every year - usually ask for Shaggy but had Kurt who is equal If not better! Great time on Nolachucknee. Got hung up on a few rocks but added to the adventure. Decent lunch as always! Well worth the money and day of activity. Will continue to come back! We had a smaller group on Sunday ( Saturday sold out). Took smaller bus. Stops for fast food breakfast in the morning and beer/wine run afterwards. Bring your ID no matter what your age!

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Family of 5 ages 9 thru 69 had a wonderful time spending the day on the Watauga River rafting. Great experience and everybody has a blast. The staff makes it so much fun.....be prepared to get wet though with all the water fights along the way but it is a blast and very kid friendly....Marcus was our guide great.

Thank C and L L
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

JIMBO!!!!! LOL (Inside joke for anyone who has rafted!) We had a really awesome time...from simply checking in, to the bus ride, to 'input' into the river, to Jimpibg Rock, to the jokes & pranks while rafting, to 'output' & the bus ride back to Banner Elk! JUST THE WHOLE TRIP! Thank you for the absolutely wonderful memories that we will cherish for a lifetime!
(Jimmy, Pam, Lindsay & Colton Bryant)

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile


We had a large group of 10 - from NC, Virginia & California - Ages 14yrs. thru 78 yrs. , all with varying degrees of experience on rafts & whitewater.

GRAHAM was such a hard working guide with a VERY pleasant attitude. He always made you feel as though you were doing everything right, while also 'taking up the slack' for you. He took great care of my older parents who really wanted to experience the full day trip with the grandchildren.

"Big Mama" would like to give a big shout-out to spotter & guide...SCOTT.
Scott really made ALL the difference in my personal raft experience.
Thank you again Scott, I owe you a lot.

All the guides knew the river well-and made safety a high priority.

The water was low, but it was a big bonus to have the opportunity to experience the "duckies". Although it was challenging, everyone felt very accomplished at the end of the day. I wouldn't do it any differently next time.

The Nolichucky Gorge is a very beautiful unspoiled place. I wasn't aware such majestical beauty was so close and accessible. We saw an Osprey, River Trout, River Otters, Monarch Butterflies, and Leatherback Turtles.

The bus ride was fun, and lunch was great.

I recommend this outfitter.

Thank 157mandyf
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our trip down the river. Guides were great and paid very close attention to safety. Lunch was good, except for the bees (but what else do you expect in the woods?).

I wish we had truly understood when they called to tell us the water was low...what that meant. Smaller boats and "funyaks." We had 5 people in our party...3 in a raft and 2 in the kayaks. With the water low, the kayaks got stuck on almost every rock and it got very frustrating and tiresome well before lunch. The water was slow and we had to paddle the entire time...we weren't expecting that. We weren't the only ones complaining.

We were told the best time to come is during spring. May
timeframe.

Again, I gave it 4 stars because of the guides and the hospitality.

Thank Julie B
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