A thrilling journey down whitewater rapids will make you feel just like cinematic adventurer Indiana Jones in one of his hit movies, such as The Curse of Indiana Jones or Indiana Jones 2: Still Jonesin'.
Choose from Three Options
- $22 for a self-guided rafting trip for two ($40 value)
- $40 for a self-guided rafting trip for up to four ($80 value)
- $80 for a self-guided rafting trip for up to eight ($160 value)
On an 8.5-mile self-guided rafting trip, aquatic adventurers spend up to 2.5 hours navigating the Nantahala River’s currents and churning rapids aboard a self-bailing raft. Paddlers can even conquer Nantahala Wesser Falls, where staff takes pictures of their group. Each trip includes any necessary equipment such as life jackets, optional helmets, paddles, and transportation to the launch and exit points. This Groupon may be used to upgrade to a different package as well.
Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting
The Nantahala River rushes through Class II rapids and higher, but it also runs through the stories of the countless people who've dared its churning waters and tumbling falls. One such story centers on Steven and Sue, who met at a Hendersonville summer camp and soon fell in love with each other and the Smoky Mountain air. Eight years later, the Matzes sold off the trappings of corporate-Atlanta life and founded Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting with their two children, four dogs, and more than a dozen wilderness-loving employees.
These instructors—certified in First Aid and CPR—ready groups for each guided or unguided exploration by teaching proper raft and boat control, as well as describing techniques for crew coordination. A hand-painted map points out routes through the Nantahala Gorge that avoid interview-hungry nature documentarians. Adventurers have just as many rafting options as routes, including Aire and Hyside self-bailing inflatable rafts, funyaks, sit-on-top Torrent kayaks, and traditional bucket rafts. After either disembarking at the riverside outpost—recognizable by the tree growing through its center—or preparing for a final plunge down the Nantahala Wesser Falls, river-farers dry off and examine photos taken during the plunge down the Falls. The outdoor picnic area's park-style charcoal grills make it easy to throw a post-river barbecue.