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Why Wahoo's

New rafts, new tubes, new owners!

Family owned and operated, Wahoo’s Adventures is the original Whitewater Outfitter of the High Country (Western North Carolina and Northeast Tennessee).  We have been chosen 2-time recipient of the Outfitter of the Year award by the Professional Paddlesports Association. We are voted #1 on Trip Advisor, have won 6 People’s Choice Awards and are in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. Since 1979, Wahoo’s has provided tens of thousands of guests with premier whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding and tubing adventures on well-known waters located on The New River near Todd, NC; Watauga River near Elizabethton, TN; Nolichucky River near Erwin, TN; Wilson Creek in Pisgah, North Carolina.

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During the last three decades we have consistently set the standard for whitewater trips in the southeast and we attribute our success to several key factors:

  1. We deliver the most exciting mountain adventures possible
  2. Safety is our #1 priority
  3. Our guides are all professional yet entertaining
  4. We use only state-of-the-art equipment
  5. We offer to cater gourmet deli buffet-style lunch upon request
  6. Location, Location, Location – With Outposts Located Right on the Water
  7. Convenience and comfort – never change on the bathroom floor at McDonald’s again
Professional Guides

On any whitewater trip, “the Guide Makes the Ride”. Having confidence in your guide’s skills and abilities greatly enhances your outdoor experience. At Wahoo’s, we are extremely proud of our flawless safety record, a distinction earned through hard work combined with meticulous guide and river rescue training. The guides at Wahoo’s are renowned for their  experience, safety, and rescue knowledge. Most of our guides have been on our staff for years. They pride themselves as “Teachers of the Outdoors”, offering knowledge, instruction, and humor with a strong commitment to provide a safe, thoroughly enjoyable good time!

– All Wahoo’s Guides maintain current CPR and First Aid certifications

– Our Trip Leaders and River Managers maintain either Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT certifications.

– All Nolichucky, Wilson’s Creek and Watauga Trips include guides with years of extensive Swift Water Rescue training.

– All of our guides are experts in the outdoors; they are friendly, knowledgeable, and they always maintain the safety-first policy.

Value and Quality

We’ve been in business since 1979 and we will not be undersold this season!

Our Group Coordinators guarantee to offer the highest quality trip and the most fun in The High Country.  Our prices include all equipment and our highly experience professional guides.  So, when comparing rafting outfitters, be sure to ask for full disclosure of their rates to avoid any hidden costs. We are continually offering new specials so be sure to call our friendly staff to find the best deal on the best trip for your group! With over three decades of business experience in the North Carolina Mountains, we have established many strong relationships with all of the local accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, zip lines, and attractions. We can always help our guests towards the best deals in the region so they can custom build their vacation and save money, too! We are only a phone call away!

State of the Art Equipment

Our canoes & kayaks are from Old Town Canoe Company – the best boats money can buy!

Anyone who has been rafting is most likely accustomed to the old vans, old buses, mismatched rafts, smelly life jackets, dirty helmets, and chipped paddles that have long been associated with the industry. As a Professional Outfitter, we guarantee the finest equipment money can buy! Here at Wahoo’s Adventures, we strive to continually update our equipment to meet the current needs and challenges of the whitewater industry. Our fleet of vans and buses are among the finest vehicles of any outfitter in the country. Our river equipment is all state of the art and the benchmark of the industry. A whitewater rafting trip with Wahoo’s also means all matching lifejackets, boats, and paddles. In fact, for the 2017 season, we have lots of brand new equipment including: life jackets and several additions to our fleet of state of the art Hyside inflatables.

Professional Catering

Wahoos can provide professionally catered food for your group trip or event at our river Outposts.

Location, Convenience, and Comfort

Wahoo’s Adventures takes pride in being the only outfitter offering outposts at each of our areas premier river locations.  If you are considering a canoeing, kayaking, or tubing trip on the New River you will be pleased to know that we own over 1,000 feet of river frontage. We also provide a private gated secure parking lot, covered picnic shelter, tree house accommodations, primitive camping, and bathrooms. You will be able to relax and rest assured in your boat knowing that your car and personal property is safe and secure at all of our river outposts while you play. If you want to go whitewater rafting at either the Nolichucky or Watauga River, we provide your group with great river stores, clean restrooms, private changing rooms before your trip, and clean, hot showers for after your experience. At the Watauga our fantastic riverside outpost marks the end of your rafting excursion allowing you to conveniently jump right out of your boat and in a few steps be at our riverside picnicking/camping areas. Picnic areas are located on the banks of the river with the other, a large dining facility fully covered and screened in that overlooks the fast moving Watauga with seating for sixty people. We offer catering for any kind of cuisine you can desire!