White Water Rafting

So, there are some in your group who are risk takers. Great! After making the treacherous drive to your North Carolina Smokie Mountain vacation home you want a few more thrills. We have the solution to your quest. Summer months can be a bit warm, even in the altitudes of the Maggie Valley area. What better diversion than spend a few hours floating down a local white water rafting river, getting splashed with 50-degree water. Sounds fun, huh? We have listed a few of the local outfitters who specialize in these “natural” rides. Please remember to tell the outfitters that you heard of them from Great Smoky Rentals and check to see if any of these companies are participating in our Affiliates Program offering a discount.

A Rolling Thunder River Co.

There are few recreational activities that can compare to the thrill and challenge experienced while paddling down a wilderness white water river. Since 1977, Rolling Thunder has guided thousands of visitors down some of the most beautiful and exhilarating rivers in the southeast. Whether you are a novice, experienced paddler, young or old, we have a trip for you.

Blue Ridge Outing Co.

WHITEWATER RAFTING ! For Your Kids And You ! As young as Age 4 ! Now in our 15th season, Blue Ridge Outing Co. is the only U.S. outfitter focused exclusively on taking families with younger kids (as young as age 4) whitewater rafting, helping you experience fun and playful family adventures.

Blue Ridge Outing Inc.

Rafting with kids as young as age 4. No weight limit. Guide-assisted half day rafting trips on class 1 and 2 whitewater. A great trip for families with younger kids and for beginners. Since 1988. http://www.raftwithkids.com
828-586-3510, 800-572-3510

Carolina Outfitters


Carolina Outfitters Whitewater Rafting

Nantahala River family whitewater rafting adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. No experience necessary. Certified guides available. All equipment and transportation provided Thrill to the challenge and excitement of whitewater rafting on the most popular river in the Southeast! Enjoy the scenic splendor of the Nantahala National Forest, and the Great Smoky Mountains as you paddle the clean cold waters of the Nantahala. This will be a most memorable vacation experience.

Mountain Adventure Guides

The French Broad River is the closest whitewater rafting to Asheville, North Carolina. Located near the Great Smoky Mountains, this gorgeous river offers an exciting introduction to river rafting for the whole family! Your raft will be guided by a professional river guide, with you helping out with the paddling or you may choose to paddle a one person inflatable kayak. No experience is necessary! Our professional whitewater rafting guides complete a rigorous training program and we have made a substantial investment in high performance equipment to enhance the overall quality or your whitewater rafting experience.
866-813-5210, 800-USA-Raft

Nantahala Outdoor Center, Inc.

For 30 years, we've delivered high quality outdoor adventures to folks from around the world. It all started in 1972, when three friends began a small guiding business on the Nantahala River. From that pioneering outpost, our company has grown to include rafting on six rivers, a legendary whitewater instruction program, restaurants, retail, and more. But one thing hasn't changed: our commitment to outdoor recreation, leadership, and customer service.

Nantahala Rafts, Inc.


Natahala Outdoor Center

We offer a huge range of outdoor activities and products—whitewater rafting from family friendly to high adventure, whitewater canoe and kayak instruction, and a ton of great outdoor gear and clothing. Whether you're a grizzled veteran or brand new to outdoor sports, become part of NOC's family of guests and join us as we celebrate 31 years of providing the highest quality outdoor adventures anywhere!

Rapid Descent River Co.

The Pigeon River runs through the scenic Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee and offers one of the more exciting whitewater runs in the southeast. The Pigeon River has class 2-4 rapids and is controlled by a hydo-electric plant which guarantees good water levels all season. There is an experienced guide in each raft on the trip. No prior experience is necessary and all participants must be at least 8 years of age. Rapid Descent offers a six and a half mile trip, the longest on the Pigeon River, which means your time on the water will be approximately 2 hours, but please plan on 3 hours of your time for the entire excursion.

Rolling Thunder River Co.


USA Raft

All of us at USA Raft are ready to make your whitewater rafting trip in 2003 the best you have ever had. If you have never been rafting before you can start out by choosing a location by river or state. If you are looking for a particular type of river trip; Family, Adventure or World, then start with the trip categories to find out which trip suits your needs. When you have found what you are looking for, or if you need additional information on white water rafting, just give us a call.

Wildwater Ltd.

Wildwater Ltd. is widely recognized as one of the finest whitewater rafting outfitters in the country. For over 30 years, our attention to detail has made us a leader in the outdoor adventure industry. Providing high quality experiences on our adventure rafting trips is our number one priority. You may not recognize state of the art equipment or staff training programs, but you will recognize our commitment to Quality, Safety, and Service.
800-451-9972, 800-762-2463