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Nantahala Paddling Trip

  • 28 Jul 2013
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Nantahala Paddling Trip - Sunday, July 28th


The Nanty is class II-II+ with one class III. Strong beginner to intermediate run.

If you are interested in attending, please register with coordinator Dave Hickman at jdhickman@mindspring.com


The Nantahala is the classic southeastern river for entry level whitewater. Its safe to say that the Nantahala is one of the most rafted streams in the country. Its probably safe to say that more beginners have swum while learning on this river than most others.

The majority of the run is cold, splashy class two water. Nantahala falls is the class three exception to the rule. Pattons Run, the first rapid just around the corner from the put-in, sometimes gives beginners a hard time.

The Nantahala's most notable feature is its dam-controlled, cold water. Figure about 45 degrees. The river usually runs 7 days a week, except for the month of November when the dam is taken off line for maintenance

The river is completely roadside along US 19 and US 74 about an hour west of Asheville, between Bryson City and Andrews, North Carolina. The Forest Service maintains the put-in. The take-out is behind the Nantahala Outdoor Center on river left. NOC maintains a large parking area.

For the Best Info on the Nantahala check out Chris Bell's Asheville Area Boating Beta page.


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