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Nantahala Gorge Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Nantahala River

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The NOC wave just downstream of Nantahala Outdoor Center
Cool Spring evening on the Nantahala The Nantahala Gorge is great for inflatable kayaks and duckies


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Nantahala Gorge Info
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Put In:  Forest Service Launch
Take Out:  Nantahala Outdoor Center
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  38 ft/mi
Run Length:  8 miles
Flow Information (phone):  Nantahala Powerplant; 828-369-4556.
Good Level:  200 cfs minimum
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Permit:  Required for groups of 10 or more people. Available at the put-in or in advance by contacting the USFS, Wayah Ranger Deistict, Nantahala National Forest, 90 Sloan Rd., Franklin, NC 28734; 704-524-6441.
Character/Similar To:  Flowing through a deep, majestic gorge, the "Nanny" offers a pleasant float with some good Class II and III rapids.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  National Forest
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Lost Mind Campground and other developed campgrounds along the river.
Location:  In the Southeastern U.S. (NC), 300 miles Southwest of Raleigh
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: Located between Bryson City and Andrews on US 19. Access at the Nantahala Gorge Forest Service launch area.



Take-out: US 19 follows the Nantahala for the entire run. Take-out at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, just downstream from Nantahala Falls.


Towns near Nantahala Gorge Kayaking

Asheville North Carolina
Athens Georgia
Atlanta Georgia
Banner Elk North Carolina
Boone North Carolina
Bryson City North Carolina
Cherokee North Carolina
Hot Springs North Carolina
Maggie Valley North Carolina
Marshall North Carolina


Other Resources

Southeastern Kayak Clubs
  • Carolina Canoe Club
  • Tarheel Paddlers Association