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Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center
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“rafting trip”(65 reviews)
“the river”(177 reviews)
“zip lining”(51 reviews)
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...more
10345 Highway 19 South/74 West, Bryson City, NC 28713
+1 866-319-8870
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 August 2012

The first half is the train ride up to Nantahala Gorge. We left around 10:30 and arrived a couple of hours later. You see some beautiful scenery on the trip, most notable is Fontana Lake. The train people tell the story of the building of...More

5  Thank Betty L
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 September 2013

On July 6, 2013 me and three others went down the Nantahala river with Allie (Wildwater Rafting) , as a raft guide. The river was running at three times it's normal flow. Our raft overturned at the last fall (Nantahala Fall) and we were all...More

6  Thank stargazer0421
Bahama_Jack, Manager at Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2013

On July 6th the water level on the Nantahala was indeed higher than normal. It is true different companies on the river handled the day differently. Since all of Wildwater's rafts are guided we had more staff available and there was a long discussion about...More

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All reviews rafting trip the river zip lining white water rafting rail package wild water great trip first timers class rapids train ride was nice canopy tour great guide lots of fun family vacation highly recommend this company cold water next year
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide BRANDON was GREAT. I was very nervous. It was cold and it was just us in the raft. He made me very comfortable and a fun trip. He talked to us as he is supposed to and we answered although at times you...More

Thank lynnette904
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We purchased a package deal by riding the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad and Zipline. Honestly we would have been fine just doing the zipline, the train was not all that. We left the train at the Nantahala Gorge where we were shuttled to the Wildwater...More

Thank thhartma23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a combo trip on the Steam Train out of Bryson City which included zip lining at the Wildwater Nantahala Adventure Center zip line course. We were picked up at the halfway point of the train ride and were transported to the zip line...More

Thank Chris E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did a zipline tour this morning and it was awesome. Our guides Katelin and Colby were the best. (And Ann) They were very personable and helpful throughout the tour. They made our trip a great experience that we will remember for years to come....More

Thank Angela K
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Our family did the guided white water rafting trip at the end of September and loved it! The water is cold. 55 degrees all year around, but you really only get splashed at different times, not fully submerged in water. Our guide was great. Easy...More

Thank LisaCGivens
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Party of 5 had some good , some not good meals. Trout cake not very good. Sherpa dishes very good. Good wine and great service from our waitress Kelly. The view of water was beautiful.

Thank Cindyattrip
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Great time ziplining. London and Caitlyn were great guides! You get some great views as well. Would definitely do again.

Thank Niles T
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We went for our 1st Nantahala river trip in a few years today. Mark B. Was our guide. He was amazing. His knowledge of the local area history, florals, fishing, and reading the Rapids was impressive. He also had a great sense of humor and...More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

we started our day with a Perfect 3 hour zip lining "comedy" canopy tour with Kenneth and Mike who were full of knowledge and pure entertainment .. we continued our day with Pappy our guide for white water rafting .. this was a thrill! the...More

Thank Lori S
Reviewed 25 August 2018

So enjoyed our rafting excursion on the Nantahala with Wildewater. Our guide "Bowen" was super and he kept us in the raft - no overboards! Loved his personality and jokes as well as the information he shared along the way. Would definitely do this again....More

Thank David M
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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 Trey L | Reviewed this property |
This is an easy trip for both of you, and will be quite enjoyable. Don’t forget to ride the Smokey Mountsin Railroad while you’re there.
13 September 2016|
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Response from BullChaser | 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!