About Carolina Outfitters

A Nantahala River Rafting Trip to Remember

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 River. The Nantahala River has class 2 & 3 whitewater. The river is fun and exciting, but does NOT require previous experience. Paddlers of all experience levels enjoy paddling the Nantahala. The river is dam controlled and there is a good dependable water supply for whitewater rafting all season long!

Why Raft with Carolina Outfitters on the Nantahala River?

  1. Carolina Outfitters runs GUIDE-IN-BOAT, GUIDE ASSISTED OR UNGUIDED TRIPS. Friendly, experienced & certified guides are available to give you a guide in boat or a guide assisted trip on the river, or you may choose to go non-guided.
  2. Carolina Outfitters has HIGH QUALITY EQUIPMENT. We have commercial quality SELF-BAILING rafts & funyaks available that are especially designed for whitewater rafting. We have TYPE 5 LIFE JACKETS, which are the highest rated on the market for whitewater paddling. We provide ALL equipment for the trip including rafts paddles & jackets. SPLASH WEAR is available at NO EXTRA CHARGE for cooler weather paddling or for those who get cold easily. WET SUITS & ZIP-UP BOOTIES are available for a small rental fee.
  3. Carolina Outfitters has FRIENDLY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE STAFF whose main objective is for you to have a happy & memorable vacation experience while rafting the Nantahala River with us.
  4. Carolina Outfitters has COMFORTABLE FACILITIES at their Outdoor Center at Nantahala. Restrooms & changing rooms are available for your convenience. Snacks are available. A T-shirt & gift shop offers souvenir & gift items. Outdoor picnic tables & grills are available on request.
  5. Carolina Outfitters provides TRANSPORTATION by bus or van to and from the Nantahala River. We have free parking for your vehicle.
  6. Carolina Outfitters can arrange VACATION RENTALS IN THE MOUNTAINS convenient to the Nantahala River. Choose from VACATION HOMES, chalets, CABINS, APARTMENTS, CAMPING CABINS or MOTEL ROOMS. Lodging is completely furnished & linens are available by request at an additional fee. All units have A/C & TV/VCR (with 2 free videos per night from the rental collection). Some units have satellite TV reception. (No TV signals in the mountains). Kitchens are fully equipped with dishes & cookware. Outdoor charcoal grills are available. Some have fireplaces. All units are fully prepared & awaiting your visit.
  7. For a FULL DAY OF ADVENTURE FUN combine our WHITEWATER RAFTING TRIP with a HORSEBACK RIDING trip into the scenic back country of the Nantahala Gorge, a BICYCLE TREK trip on one of the many scenic bike paths in the area, or a GEMSTONE MINING ADVENTURE at the Nantahala River Gem Mine where you can search for rubies, emeralds, sapphires, topaz & a variety of precious gemstones. (Raft with us & get a coupon for a free bag when you buy a bag at the Nantahala River Gem Mine.) We can provide you with reservations for a SCENIC TRAIN TOUR WITH GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROAD. Book a separate raft & rail trip with Carolina Outfitters so you can raft the full river & ride the full train trip, rather than doing a partial river/partial rail trip.
  8. GET GREAT LOW RATES on NANTAHALA RIVER RAFTING TRIPS. GREAT GROUP DISCOUNTS. There is NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR SELF-BAILING RAFTS OR FUNYAKS. GET A 2ND TRIP DOWN THE NANTAHALA ON THE SAME DAY FOR ½ PRICE!
  9. Carolina Outfitters offers professional photos of your rafting trip at the Nantahala Falls. Get multiple photos of your trip at great low prices!