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If you’re looking for the perfect vacation spot to launch a wild whitewater adventure from, look no further than the majestic Smoky Mountains of Haywood County, North Carolina. Western North Carolina is home to some of the best white water rafting in the Southeast, with over a handful of gnarly rivers right in our own backyard.

Many of the best white water rafting outfitters are within a short drive from the towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton, and Clyde. Whether you are going white water rafting in North Carolina or nearby Tennessee, you can ride the rapids and still be back in time dinner!

For the young ones and beginners, the lower Pigeon River offers a scenic, leisurely roll. More advanced thrill seekers can take on rivers like the Upper Pigeon, Nantahala, Tuckaseegee, Ocoee, Chatooga, Nolichucky or the French Broad. Or for the well-seasoned, experienced river rat, there’s the toughest whitewater river in the lower Southeast – the Cheoah! All rivers have minimum age requirements, so make sure you contact an outfitter first to find out which river adventure is best for you.

Even if spending a day white water rafting doesn’t peak your interest, many of the area’s outfitters offer other outdoor excursions. From zip lining, tubing, and fishing, to canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking and much more! When you stay in Haywood County, you can experience multiple outdoor adventures during your Smoky Mountains vacation. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and play!