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 Places of Interest - Whitewater Rafting  


Within a short drive of Murphy and Cherokee County lies the wild excitement of whitewater rafting. To the east of the county, the Nantahala River roars through gorges in the Nantahala National Forest, offering a spectacular rafting experience over many Class II and III rapids.

To the west of the county, in Tennessee, the Ocoee River offers the beauty and excitement of Whitewater rafting at its best. The site of the 1996 Olympic Slalom Canoe/Kayak Competition, a 4.6 mile stretch of the river thunders over many Class III and IV rapids, making it truly one of the most exhilarating whitewater experiences anywhere.

The Nantahala River is located approximately 30 miles east of Murphy along NC 19/129. The Ocoee River is a mere 45 minute drive west of Murphy along Highway 64.

There are numerous outfitters located along both rivers that will provide everything that you need for an exciting day on the water, including rafts, paddles, life jackets, and guides. Rafting season runs generally from March to October. A number of the outfitters are listed below:


Rolling Thunder River Company
P.O. Box 88
Almond, North Carolina 28702
(828) 488-2030 or (800) 408-7238


Carolina Outfitters Rafting
12121 Highway 19
West Bryson City, North Carolina 28713
(828) 488-6345 or (800) 468-7238


Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Highway 19
West Bryson City, North Carolina 28713
(828) 488-2175 or (800) 232-7238
www.nocweb.com


River Runners Retreat
P.O. Box 93 Highway 19
Nantahala Gorge
Topton, North Carolina 28781
(828) 321-2211 or (800) 237-7238


Wildwater, Ltd.
P.O. Box 190
10345 Highway 19
West Almond, North Carolina 28702
(828) 488-2384 or (800) 451- 9972
www.wildwaterrafting.com


Southeastern Expeditions
(404) 329-0433 or (800) 868-7238
www.southeasternraft.com



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