North Carolina

Smoky Mountain Adventure: Hike, Raft and Kayak

Experience the thrill of a lifetime in the Great Smoky Mountains as you join outdoor experts to improve your kayaking skills, enjoy nature hikes and take in local cultural performances.
Rating (5)
Program No. 17425RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Get an invigorating outdoor workout with the country’s premiere paddling school, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, as you learn the basics of kayaking amid Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Experts provide in-depth instruction on water safety and paddling technique and then send you into the water to practice on placid Fontana Lake before tackling more rigorous water based challenges such as whitewater kayaking and rafting.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to three hours on varied terrain; elevation gains of 775 feet. Paddling 3-6 hours each day; swimming ability is required; be prepared for full immersion during wet exits. Kayaking experience not required. River trips supervised by a professional whitewater outfitter.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Instructors from the country’s leading kayaking school teach you the basics and point out what to watch for in your natural surroundings.
  • Paddle down the Little Tennessee River and enjoy two afternoon hikes as you get lost in the beauty of the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Join a professional folksinger and storyteller for a program of Cherokee songs, mountain tales and banjo and dulcimer ballads.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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