Located below the lake and flowing into the Nantahala Gorge, The Nantahala River creates a stunning cascade of North Carolina Waterfalls and North Carolina White Water. The gorge is one of the country's prime white water rafting rivers. It is an eight miles stretch of waves and swift current bringing exciting adrenaline pumping experiences you won't soon forget as you experience Nantahala River Rafting. The entire trip down theNantahala River takes a little over three hours and is almost consistently a Class I and Class II rapids River in NC. The river also is one of the South's most celebrated trout-fishing waters, especially the Wayah Road and Old River Road areas.
The Nantahala Gorge has been chosen as the site of the 2013 International World Freestyle Kayaking Championships. Up to 500 paddlers from 40 to 50 countries and spectators will flock to the gorge September 2-8, 2013.