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Nantahala River White Water Rafting

At Carolina Outfitters we are white water fanatics, sharing our passion for mountain rivers. Read More…

Nantahala River Rafting near Bryson City, NC

Thank you for considering Carolina Outfitters for your Nantahala River white water rafting adventure. We are a second-generation family-owned and -operated small business. Since the spring of 1991, we have helped our guests create wonderful whitewater rafting vacation experiences and memories here on the scenic Nantahala River.

The Nantahala—or “Land of the Noon Day Sun” in Cherokee—is located at the bottom of the scenic Nantahala Gorge in Western North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. The Nantahala River Rafting offers beginner to intermediate classes II-III whitewater rafting for a beautiful and exhilarating adventure the whole family can enjoy.

Nantahala – ‘Land of the Noon Day Sun’

Carolina Outfitters offers you more than just getting splashed, having fun, and enjoying the beautiful scenery that comes along with whitewater rafting down the Nantahala River.

Family Friendly Rafting with these additional benefits:

  • Modern self bailing rafts and equipment
  • Enjoying more time on the river
  • Supporting a locally owned small business
  • Rafting with the most family-friendly outfitter on the Nantahala River

On top of these benefits, our experienced and professional raft guides will  provide you and your family a fun and memorable Nantahala River white water rafting trip.

Guided or Unguided Nantahala whitewater rafting trip

We can outfit you with a “Guided Nantahala Rafting Trip” if you are new to rafting or set you up with a more adventurous “Non Guided Nantahala Rafting Trip” or “Nantahala Funyak (ducky) Trip.”

At Carolina Outfitters we aim to provide the best whitewater rafting experience that can be had on the Nantahala River through our commitment to professionalism, value, and FUN. Come Nantahala River Rafting with us and experience the Carolina Outfitters difference.

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Nantahala River Rafting

North Carolina

The Nantahala River in the Nantahala National Forest near Bryson City, NC, offers beauty that can only be seen from the river. With mellow whitewater that builds into an exciting finish. Offering up something for all ages and experience levels. The outpost at Carolina Outfitters provides everything you need to have a safe, fun whitewater adventure for the whole family.  With decades of experience, we know the Nantahala River’s turns and twists.  Our guides are experienced and they will make the day enjoyable and memorable.  Read More…

Ocoee River Rafting


double trouble rapid on ocoee river

Ocoee River whitewater rafting is home of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. Located near Ducktown, TN, the bold Ocoee provides fast and continuous whitewater that is sure to keep you on the edge of your raft from beginning to end. Leaving you soaked and smiling. Our Carolina Ocoee outfitters have been rafting these waters for years and will make your day fun while following safety precautions needed for this bold river.  Read more…

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“The song of the river ends not at her banks, but in the hearts of those who loved her.”

~Buffalo Joe

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Michael Verola
Michael Verola
My wife, and my 2 daughters as well as myself had this wonderful experience over our spring break as teachers. I was a terrific experience and our tour guide Dale was great, professional, and knowledgeable. I would recommend this company and experience to everyone I know, and am sharing it with friends. Thank you so much for helping us make fond family memories!!
Jake Bujnoch
Jake Bujnoch
My family and I had a great time - Carolina Outfitters are good people and I would recommend using them to whitewater raft
Callie Sotolongo
Callie Sotolongo
Matt Steven’s= Best tour guide ever! My partner and I came here for some whitewater rafting and we were met with unexpected freezing conditions, and even snow! Mr.Steven’s bundled us all up in wetsuits, booties, and we hit the water. He made sure our safety and comfort were top priority. It was incredible, despite the frigid water, we were able to have the entire river to ourselves and even saw a mink. If you’re considering rafting come here! I promise you won’t be disappointed. You’ll even get to hear some free stand up comedy from Matt.
Lisa Davila
Lisa Davila
We had a blast rafting down the Nantahala with Matt! He took extreme care and attention to every detail of our safety, while still providing us with an amazing time! I didn't have any trouble finding the location and the check-in process was smooth and quick. He also kept us laughing during our trip. Would definitely return!
Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Davis
Matt Stevens was the best guide! Our kids 8 & 12 loved it too! Thank you for the complimentary wet suits!
Blake Griswold
Blake Griswold
Returning customer. Had a great time on the river. 2nd day of 2022 season. Perfect weather. Annie and Matt were the best. Great local knowledge of the history of the Nantahala gorge. Family owned and only want you to have a great time. Not like the larger corporate owned center down the highway. Look forward to coming back again.
Megan Cheek
Megan Cheek
The staff there was amazing!!! It was an amazing first experience for our whole family. They made sure our kids were safe the whole time. Our kids had an amazing time! We will definitely be back.
Emily Cheek
Emily Cheek
SO FUN! The tour guides were great and made it a really fun safe experience. Matt’s jokes definetly made the whole thing super funny!