Ride the Nantahala River

Plan an exciting trip for your group or family this summer on the river.


We have everything you need:

  • Experienced guides to lead your trip

  • Training to make sure your trip is safe

  • Get on the river fast, no waiting around

  • Brand new facilities, restrooms, changing rooms, and showers

  • Playground, fire pit, souvenir shop, picnic area

  • and more!


Choose Your Adventure

8.5 miles • 2-2.5 hours on the water • 3-3.5 hours total trip time



 Guided Trips

Float down the river on a guided trip with one of our expert river guides. This is our best and most popular option for most groups.

*Recommended for first-timers and beginners.


Fully Guided Raft $39 per person (Most Popular)
Ride down the river with one of our river experts. Great for beginners and groups.

Guide Assisted $32 per person
For groups who want a guide with them, but not necessarily in every vessel.

Fully Guided Ducky $54 per person
Ride in a single-person or double-person ducky with a guide leading you down the river.

Guided Kayak $64 per person
Ride in a sit-on-top kayak with a guide leading you down the river.

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Self-Guided Trips

A self-guided trip is perfect for you if you are comfortable on the river. We’ll get you suited up and on the river and you take it from there.

*Recommended for experienced riders


Self-Guided Raft $21 per person
Ride in a raft that can hold 2-9 people. We’ll take you to the river and then you’re off.

Self-Guided Ducky or Kayak $23 per person
Choose between a single-person or double-person ducky, or a sit-on-top-kayak to float down the river in.



Have your own plans and just need equipment? If you have your own transportation and shuttle plans you can rent our equipment for the day. 

*Recommended for river veterans. 


Duckies and Kayaks $25 per person
We have 1 & 2 person duckies and sit-on-top kayaks.

Lake Canoes $50 per person
Rent a canoe and enjoy a great time on the river.


Outpost Location

1965 US Hwy 19
Topton, NC 28781

Printable Directions


 Frequently Asked Questions…


+ What is provided?

Adventurous Fast Rivers will provide all necessary equipment, life jackets, helmets (if desired, not required), paddles for each participant, detailed personal instruction & transportation to the put-in and from the take-out. And of course, exceptional customer service!

+ What do we wear and what else should we bring?

Clothing recommended for warm weather is a bathing suit, quick dry shorts, tank or t-shirt, strap on sandals, water shoes or tennis shoes you don’t mind getting wet. We do not recommend slip-ons, flip-flops or barefeet and diving booties are also available for rent – $5.00. For cool weather any under armour garments, wool, fleece (synthetic clothing), Capilene, wetsuit, splash gear and/or diving booties are recommended. Cotton items are not ideal for rafting; they do not dry quickly and are heavy when wet. We have warm gear available for rent, if needed. Other items: hat, sunglasses, eyeglass holder, sunscreen, towel, dry change of clothes & a plastic bag for your wet clothes.

+ What if it rains?

We go Rain or Shine. You’ll get wet anyway! It’s been several years since it stormed so bad we had to cancel trips. It is always a good idea to throw in your rain jacket just in case, or we have rentals available if needed.

+ What time should we arrive at the outpost for our trip?

Arriving at OUR outpost 30 minutes prior to your scheduled trip time allows you time to check-in (at store counter) and get yourself and your group ready for your trip. If you arrive late, you risk being put on a later or shorter trip.

+ Where can I find the Release of Liability Waiver form?

Click Here.

+ Is it safe?

Statistically your drive here is more dangerous than rafting down the Nantahala River. We provide you with thorough instruction, safety equipment and the best possible service we can. Adventurous Fast Rivers has an excellent safety record, but rafting like all outdoor activities comes with some risk. A signed acknowledgment of risk and liability release is a prerequisite to rafting with any company.

+ How do we get back to the outpost?

We shuttle you to the put-in (about a 1 minute ride), as well as shuttle you back from the take-out (about a 10 minute ride to your dry clothes).

+ How old do children have to be?

Adventurous Fast Rivers is permitted by the United States Forest Service. Their regulations require a child to weigh at least 60 pounds or be 7 years of age to raft on the Nantahala River (it is either/or NOT both). Their regulations are for your child’s safety and are strictly enforced.

+ Can we bring our dog?

In the interest of everyone’s safety, animals are not permitted in the rafts. Sorry, neither can we allow pets to be left unattended. There are several good kennels located near-by that board animals for the day. We’re happy to put you in touch with them. (Rippling Waters: 828-488-2091)

+ Will there be photos taken?

Yes! We do capture your memory of going through “The Falls” – Nantahala River’s last rapid. We do our absolute best to take several pictures of each raft. However, please understand that technical difficulties sometimes result in your missed photos. Pre-pay and save 10%. You can then view and/or purchase them at the outpost store after your trip or go online (online photos).

+ Will our group be in a raft with another group?

If you are a self guided group; you raft with the group you come with. We have different sized crafts to accommodate all group sizes. If you are guide-assisted; you raft with the group you come with plus the appropriate number of guides. If you choose guided; Your raft will only be your group plus the guide if you choose the “Privately Guided Option” or have 5+ in your group. If you have less than 5 in your group and would like a GUARANTEED private trip, you can choose this option for an additional $15 per person. If this option is not chosen, we can choose to combine small guided groups (groups of 2-4 people). This does not happen often, usually on peak days or if both groups are walk-ins hoping to go guided. We will not combine your group if you specify that you would like it to remain private. You must book the “Privately Guided Option” when reserving your trip.

+ What size life jackets do you have?

We have youth life jackets, as well as, adult life jackets that fit up to a size 58” chest.

+ Do you have food options at the outpost?

We sell drinks, snacks, and ice cream in the store for your convenience. We also have a privately owned and operated food truck on the property; The Lunch Bus (Wednesdays through Sundays ~ MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – LABOR DAY WEEKEND).