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River Rafting Near Me is a website that is devoted to river rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is also a great website for up and coming river runners and whitewater rafters. River rafting near me offers some of the best river adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountain National Park

A group of people on a raft in a pool of water

“Rafting Around the Nantahala River in the Smoky Mountain National Park” is one of the river rafting trips offered on River Rafting Near Me, a website that I have personally used to plan a number of river rafting trips. The Nantahala River is one of the most scenic rivers in North America and offers many different waterfalls, rapids, and falls. This class II-III river runs through the beautiful scenic American River Parkway located in Collingwood, North Carolina.

Nantahala River

A large body of water with a city in the background

On our first trip on the Nantahala River, we made quite an adventure crossing the Continental Divide. Luckily the river was still flowing our way down the mountain and the rapids became a little easier to maneuver. The second day out from our location, we decided to take a quick hike into the mountains to see some good photo opportunities. After our hike, we continued on our river rafting adventure. We were greeted by several bald eagles and other great wildlife. The river flowed smoothly as we made our way down the mountain. As we neared the top of the climb, we had a very good view of the rushing Nantahala River. I couldn’t help but smile when we arrived at our destination, the parking lot of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Mountain Pass

In my excitement to get out over the mountain pass, I didn’t realize that we had passed through another waterfall! This third and final rapids on our trip down the eastern slope of the American river sent us scampering to the banks to catch our breath. This river offered much more than just river rafting though. If you want a chance to do some whitewater kayaking or other water activities, you can do it here. For a taste of what the Nantahala River has to offer, it is recommended that you take some trips on either middle or upper forks of the river.

Chilcotin River

The last river ride brought us to the confluence of two rivers: the Chilcotin River and the Saco River. This meeting point offers an awesome overlook of the downtown skyline in Saco. Here you will find some great restaurants, shopping, and lodging. During our trips on the Nantahala River, we witnessed the first whitewater rafting accidents of the season. Due to this, we made sure to bring the appropriate equipment with us, such as life jackets and paddles.

St. Petersburg

If you want to experience a different kind of river trip, try one that features the historic paddle of the French Broad River. The best time for paddling the river to the north west of St. Petersburg is from early May until late June. The rapids here are not as large as those found in the Nantahala, but they offer much more fun. Paddling across the river in this manner offers amazing views along the way. While on our paddling adventures, we noticed several bald eagle flights over the area, and we were able to see the impressive nesting area for the eastern shore blue jays.

Canoe River

Paddling down the river with a group of other river rafters is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. River rafting in the Canoe River system offers great river trips that include days on the river and nights in a luxurious cabin on the river. All of the equipment you need is brought by the rafting company so you won’t have to worry about it. You will also find some great meals and great entertainment while you are on the trips. Don’t be surprised if you are given special attention on some trips or if your group is split up into smaller groups. This will allow you to maximize the amount of time you spend out on the water.

Wrapping Up

No matter what your skill level is, there is always something to do on one of the St. Pete river rafting trips. For a beginner, don’t be afraid to jump right in and learn from the experts. Even if you are not comfortable jumping into the water on your own, there are experienced guides who can take you down the river anytime. They also have access to some of the best whitewater rafting for beginners and expert lessons.

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