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Nolichucky River Rafting

High Adventure on the Nolichucky River in Tennessee!

Go Private Rafting

The Nolichucky Rafting Adventure is a high adventure, all-day rafting experience for beginners ages 7 years old and older. Nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee, the Nolichucky River Gorge winds through steep-walled canyons and remote thickly-forested mountains.

The Nolichucky river is said to be one of the most technical big water runs in the south, and one of the top 10 whitewater experiences in the country, demanding the coordinated efforts of the raft “crew” and an experienced guide to navigate the twists, turns, drops and falls of the river. The trip on the Noli is a true wilderness adventure, taking the rafter through the breathtaking rugged beauty of the backwoods of the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests.

The sheer rock walls of the canyon tower 2,800 feet from the base of the river to the pine-covered peaks of the mountains, a true natural treat for anyone who visits the area. The river drops approximately 66 feet per mile over the first four miles, creating adrenaline-pumping Class III and IV rapids. The run can be enjoyed by all but the youngest children and all experience levels are welcome. Wahoo’s Nolichucky River Outpost is conveniently located guaranteeing the shortest shuttle-ride on the river, and uniquely provides guests with hot showers, restrooms, changing rooms and a gift shop for your pleasure.

With more than 43 years of experience, opening its doors in 1979, Wahoo’s guarantees the highest quality Nolichucky River Experience with the most experienced guides, at the lowest rate. For the memorable outdoor adventure you’ve always dreamed of, Wahoo’s makes that dream come true.

Ranked one of the top whitewater runs in the nation, river rafting trips on the Nolichucky offers 11 miles of spectacular scenery with some of the most challenging rapids in the Eastern United States! Floating through the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forest, you’ll enjoy the rugged beauty of the Nolichucky’s sheer rock walls, lush forested mountains, and steep turbulent rapids in the deepest canyon of the East! During high water conditions we use self-bailer type rafts. In lower water levels, Wahoo’s has hot dog bun rafts that were built to navigate low water. Either way, the Nolichucky is a full day of adventure for you and your group! More Info… or Click here for map/directions

About Nolichucky Rafting

  • Premier Whitewater rafting trip for the Family (Ages 7+)
  • 11 miles of Class III-IV rapids. (Very Exciting)
  • Guaranteed professional guide in EVERY raft.
  • Ideal for guests or large groups who are looking for the best trip in the Western North Carolina and East Tennessee Area.
  • 4-5 hours in a complete wilderness setting (Pisgah and Cherokee Nat’l Forest)
  • Disclaimer: The Nolichucky experience is not appropriate for young children. Wahoo’s Adventures reserves the right to refuse service at the time of check-in to guests attempting to register children under 7 years of age.

GO PRIVATE! Private Group Raft Tours 
This Private Expedition is designed for adventurers who are looking for a more exclusive private rafting experience on the Nolichucky or Watauga Rivers. Wahoo’s offers private group expeditions for wedding parties, family reunions, boy or girl scouts, or corporate workgroups, or if you just have a lot of friends! We can easily accommodate large groups and we can offer a private boat option for groups of two or more!
And Wahoo’s caters group events and can coordinate with a variety of professional caterers and other food options for your group’s riverside celebration.
So, whether you have a large group who wants an exclusive trip, or you’re a small party who wants a private boat, going private is perfect for you! Wahoo’s private expedition options are ideal for all ages and skill levels, providing adventures from peaceful and serene to adventures from peaceful and serene to adventurous and exciting! WAHOOOOOOOO!!!!

Where to Meet

Adventures will meet at 9:15 am
Nolichucky River Outpost
1201 Rock Creek Road
Erwin, TN 37560

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