Whitewater rafting in many of the small, peaceful towns of North Carolina is an adventurous, and sometimes heart pounding, activity suitable for both adults and children. There are a variety of rafting companies both in and around Waynesville, nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, where cold, refreshing rivers wind their way down through the valley. Most rafting companies in the area have family friendly adventures in addition to more intense whitewater rafting journeys that are sure to give you an adrenaline rush. BBOnline recommends whitewater rafting as an excellent, family friendly activity that you should take advantage of during your stay in Waynesville. Things to do in the town are abundant, but rafting is something of a specialty in the area, as it's an exciting way to appreciate the beauty and power of nature.
Blue Ridge Outing Co.
11044 Hwy 19 West
Bryson City, NC
Only a short drive from your Waynesville Bed and Breakfast is the Blue Ridge Outing Co. which offers several kid friendly rafting adventures. The company operates in over 20 areas of rapids along the famous Nantahala River near Waynesville. With things to do like rafting, picnicking, and enjoying the playgrounds with your kids, you'll never want to leave. Blue Ridge also has a permit from the U.S. Forest Service which allows them to raft through the Nantahala National Forest. Blue Ridge Outing Co. offers two main trips from May to September, the Nantahala Family Adventure, which is perfect for families with teens and preteens, and the Ultimate Kids Rafting Trip, which focuses on kids from ages 4 to 11. For groups of up to 11 people, the Family Adventure costs $39 USD for adults and $29 for kids. If you pay $9 more per person, you can be sure to have a guide in your boat. The kids rafting trip is offered at 11 A.M. every day and costs $41 USD for adults and $31 USD for kids. Attention to detail when it comes to safety is top priority on this trip, so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Another great whitewater rafting option that BBOnline highly recommends is USA Raft. Located in several towns throughout the area, this rafting experience should be at the top of your Waynesville Things To Do list. A reasonable drive away is their French Broad River rafting adventures. You can choose between a half day trip with or without lunch or a full day trip. The half day trip costs $42.95 USD per person ($52.95 with lunch), and the day trip costs $69.95. You'll raft your way through the Pisgah National Forest and even stop at Jump Rock, where you can dive into a deep pool, and Swimmer's Rapid. The natural beauty of the area is astounding, and there is a guide in every raft for your safety. Throw your fears aside, and enjoy the fresh air and crystal clear mountain streams before heading back to your cozy Waynesville Inn.