2 Day Nolichucky Rafting Adventure

2 Day Nolichucky Rafting Adventure

Plunge into an unforgettable Nolichucky rafting adventure. An overnight trip on the famed Nolichucky River is the perfect trip for those in search of a true whitewater adventure. The Nolichucky River gorge is the deepest river gorge east of the Mississippi River. From breathtaking scenery to exhilarating rapids, the Nolichucky River is consistently rated one of the best whitewater rafting trips in North America. Travel through the Nolichucky River gorge and be surprised by the unique and majestic landscapes that await you at every turn. Spend the night under the stars on the sandy shore of the Nolichucky River. Let High Mountain Expeditions prepare all your meals using fresh, high quality, healthy food often with organic choices.

For breakfast, expect steaming hot French press coffee, blueberry pancakes, fresh fruit, and scrambled eggs. For lunch, you can expect our famous gourmet deli buffet style lunch that includes a bountiful selection of fresh meats and cheeses, delectable breads, ripe locally grown fruits and vegetables, and yummy homemade desserts. For dinner, the guide’s culinary skills are truly unleashed.

You will begin your dinner experience with appetizers on the bank of the river while reminiscing of the day’s adventures. Main courses typically include grilled chicken breasts, tender prime steaks, rainbow trout, or pasta, which is accompanied by a crispy green salad, fresh vegetables, and delicious dinner rolls. The evening is completed with a scrumptious homemade dessert or S’mores for the younger guests on the trip. On the morning of day two, take a hike and explore a lost colony or take a plunge in Devil’s Creek. Discover the thrill of the world-class whitewater the Nolichucky River offers on a Nolichucky River overnight trip with High Mountain Expeditions this summer.

DAY 1 10:00 AM

Departure from High Mountain Expeditions Banner Elk out-post, located inside of Ski Country Sports. A breathtaking morning drive through the back country of the North Carolina Mountains awaits you. Upon arriving at the Nolichucky River, your guides will issue you the necessary equipment and give a detailed river safety speech. Your guides will then launch the rafts onto a calm section of the Nolichucky River, perfect for swimming and relaxing. This section offers the ideal warm-up rapids to get you ready for what lies ahead. After some exhilarating rapids, you will arrive at High Mountain Expeditions overnight campsite. Enjoy your first camp dinner on the banks of the river, explore the area, play a game, or just relax and soak in the beauty of the Nolichucky River gorge while your guides handle all the cooking.


Awaken to a hearty breakfast and enjoy a short hike to the Lost Colony rich in folklore. Then climb back on your raft and enjoy some more class 3 and 4 rapids. If you are up for it, you can enjoy a short hike to the mysterious Devil’s Creek complete with a natural waterslide. After the hike, savor High Mountain Expeditions famous gourmet deli buffet style lunch. Once lunch is complete, enjoy surfing at Big Eddy and then we will head for High Mountain Expeditions Nolichucky River take-out point. Celebrate your successful adventure and arrive back in Banner Elk around 4:00 PM.

*Note: This itinerary is provided as a sample. Actual times and activities are subject to change as a result of weather conditions, current water flows, and guest preferences.

  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Dry Top
  • Wetsuits
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Wilderness First-Aid Kit

*If you do forget something our outpost stores carry a full selection of Water Shoes, T-Shirts, Waterproof Cameras, Sunscreen, and more.


  • Swimsuit or Quick Drying Shorts- Shorts and Sports Bra, or a 2-piece swimsuit and quick drying shorts are recommended for women.
  • Water Shoes or Strap Sandals
  • Light-weight Waterproof Rain Jacket
  • Quick-Drying Shirt
  • Comfortable Lightweight Pants or Shorts
  • Lightweight Fleece Top
  • Ball Cap

Personal Items

  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Biodegradable Soap and Shampoo (Travel Size)
  • Sport Water Bottle
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Sunglasses with Strap
  • Camera – Waterproof Digital Camera
  • Small Travel Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent – 2 or 4 person
  • Special Medication
  • Wallets, Jewelry, and Watches – Leave all valuables at home or locked in car at outpost.
  • Flip Flops
  • Non-Waterproof Electronic Devices
  • Pets
  • Cotton Clothing Items – Cotton dries very slowly and actually draws heat away from your body
  • Cigarettes – High Mountain Expeditions is a Smoke-Free Company
Book Now

2-Day Nolichucky Rafting Adventure

Trip Details

Book Now

What Our Clients Say