Nolichucky River Rafting

Full-Day Nolichucky Rafting Adventure

Nolichucky River Rafting with High Mountain Expeditions is North Carolina whitewater rafting at its best. Cutting the deepest river gorge east of the Mississippi River, the Nolichucky River offers a true world class whitewater experience.

Adventure seekers will paddle the Nolichucky River Gorge starting in North Carolina and finishing in Tennessee. Some of the biggest waves and best whitewater in the Southeast are found on this section of the Nolichucky River. The watery bliss of the Nolichucky River is matched by its stunning rock-scapes and Native American legends making the Nolichucky River an idyllic whitewater adventure. Alluring water temperatures make the Nolichucky River perfect for swimming and paddling. The Nolichucky’s large sandy beaches create the perfect place to serve our famous Master’s style lunch.

Breathtaking scenery, warm weather, and great whitewater make this full day trip great for kids and adults of nearly any age. No wonder a whitewater adventure on the Nolichucky River is known around the world as an unforgettable adventure. The minimum age for the Nolichucky River is 9 years old. Boat size and trip size change according to current water levels. High Mountain Expeditions uses 1-person inflatable kayaks and 4+, 6+, and 8+ person rafts on the Nolichucky River. Mother Nature determines the raft size.

6:50 AM Check in at High Mountain Expeditions Banner Elk outpost, located at Ski Country Sports

6:55 Complete Liability and Acknowledgement of Risk Release Waiver

7:00 Load vehicles and depart for the Nolichucky River

7:45 Arrive at Hardee’s for breakfast, last running water restroom facility

8:00 Depart for High Mountain Expeditions Nolichucky River put-in location

8:15 Guests issued all the necessary whitewater gear

8:25 Final PFD check and detailed safety and river orientation speech

8:40 Launch rafts

12:00 PM Arrive at High Mountain Expeditions hidden lunch spot

12:05 Enjoy High Mountain Expeditions famous Master’s style lunch on the sandy shore of the Nolichucky River

12:45 Load back in the rafts, ready to enjoy the rest of your adventure

2:30 Arrive at High Mountain Expeditions Nolichucky River take-out location

2:35 Change clothes in High Mountain Expeditions changing rooms

2:45 Celebrate the successful completion of your adventure

2:55 Arrive at convenience store to allow guests to purchase a snack for the return home

3:10 Depart for High Mountain Expeditions Banner Elk outpost

3:55 Arrive back at High Mountain Expeditions Banner Elk outpost, Ski Country Sports

4:00 Meet and greet with your guides

*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
  • Water Shoes or Strap Sandals
  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with Strap
  • Ball Cap
  • A Change of Clothes
  • Towel
  • Plastic Bag for Wet Clothes
  • Small Amount of Money for Breakfast and Refreshments at the End of Trip
  • Camera – Waterproof Digital Camera
  • 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
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