Valle Crucis - Valle Country Fair  
 
NC Whitewater Rafting

With several pristine rivers and creeks converging all in one spot, Valle Crucis and the surrounding High Country areas are some of the best spots in the state for whitewater rafting, kayaking, and tubing. Kayakers, rafters and those looking for a leisurely bit of tubing fun on their vacation can enjoy river activities year-round, but most visitors enjoy the warmer temperatures and higher water levels during June, July and August.

With so many rivers and creeks in the area, you can choose from several local guide shops in the area to provide guided trips on the water. Typically, the rafting season in the High Country starts at the end of March and ends in the middle of October. The size and types of rapids you encounter depend on the river you choose and the season within which you raft. Many times, after a long rain period, the rivers will be incredibly fast flowing giving way to more intense rapids.

 
Cherokee Adventures
2000 Jonesborough Road
Erwin, TN 37650
423-743-7733
800-445-7238

River and Earth Adventures
1655 Hwy 105
Boone, NC 28607
866-411-RAFT

Ski Country Sports

3149 Tynecastle Hwy
Banner Elk, NC 28604
828-898-9786

River Girl Fishing Company

Railroad Grade Road
Todd, NC
336-877-3099
Rivergirl24@skybest.com

Edge of the World
Banner Elk, NC 28604
800-789-3343
828-898-9550

Wahoo's Adventures
Boone, NC 28607
800-444-RAFT
828-262-5774

Nantahala
Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
888-905-7238
828-488-2176

The major rivers in the area are the Watauga and the New River, however many local rafting companies offer rafting trips on major North Carolina and Tennessee rivers like the French Broad and the Nolichucky. Several smaller rivers and streams are popular floating spots, perfect for a day of canoeing or tubing. Most of the larger rivers are commercially rafted and beginners should not go without a special rafting guide. Below, we have provided specific details on popular rivers so that the river you choose fits you and your group's interests and needs.

The French Broad is located near Asheville and provides rapids of all different class levels for intermediate to experienced rafters. Several fairly intensive sections of the river provide wild, fast rapids as the river winds through a gorgeous spot in the Pisgah National Forest.

The Nolichucky River begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina near the Mitchell County border with Yancey County and flows westward into the mountains of East Tennessee. This river has a nice combination of NC Whitewater Rafting spots and calm areas that are perfect for canoeing.

The New River flows through Ashe and Alleghany Counties and is renowned for being the second oldest river in the world. Rafting and tubing are hugely popular on the New River and there are several great spots along the river to put your raft in. Rafters, canoers and those looking to tube will all delight in the sights and sounds of this gorgeous, relatively calm and ancient river.

The Watauga River is the river for families and groups with small children to raft. The rapids on the Watauga River are calmer and offer a more mild rafting experience. The beautiful scenery along the banks of the river will catch your eye and you will not be worried about the dangerous rocks and undertows that generally accompany NC Whitewater Rafting on other rivers.

Wilson's Creek is a smaller creek in the area, but a hugely popular place to enjoy rafting and all sorts of water activities. Wilson's Creek drops 85 feet per mile and gives rafters tons of thrills with gigantic rapids that flow over 5 and 10 foot ledge drops.

Are you planning a fun trip to the mountains? Our NC Mountain Cabins are located across the High Country in Valle Crucis, Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, Linville, Newland, and Boone. Browse our cozy NC Mountain Cabins to find the perfect vacation accommodations for you and your group. Create special moments, enjoy a fun day of NC White Water Rafting and return to one of our cozy and convenient NC Mountain Cabins after an exciting day of NC Whitewater Rafting!

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