Smoky Mountain River Adventures

5036 US-74, Whittier, NC 28789, USA

About Smoky Mountain River Adventures

4.9 / 5

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    WillNaomi Emmanuel
    August 09, 2022

    The trip our family (2 teens, 2 adults) experienced was the white water rafting at Smoky Mountain River Adventures. The staff were friendly and accommodating and stalled our trip half an hour when we needed to return to our hotel for swimsuits. On that topic, definitely bring your swimsuits on your ride because you'll need them not only when getting splashed but if you decide to jump off a rock on one of the stops. Our driver was funny and engaging on the short trip to the dropoff point. Our guide, Benny, was very helpful and stopped us from getting stuck on rocks many times and got the boat back on the water quickly when we did. It was a very safe environment yet also thrilling. The water was very cold, though apparently it was warmer than usual, but that contrasted nicely with the hot day. The rapids on the Tuckasegee River were Level 2, though they approached Level 3 rapids towards the end of the trip. On our rest stop, we got to jump off a boulder into the river (if we chose to) which was slightly nerve-wracking though exhilarating. Benny was very knowledgeable in everything and even pointed out a bald eagle to us. We enjoyed some popcorn and ice pops from the staff at the end of our trip. Overall, I'd totally recommend!

    Stephen Welch
    July 07, 2022

    Best river adventure ever! A little nervous since I haven't rafted in 20 years. But our guide Thomas was quite knowledgeable, and we always felt safe. A pretty gentle stretch of river but we had enough rapids to make it enjoyable. We got to jump off a large rock into the water. A good value for your money to have a guide if you've never done this before. Rivers are different every day and there were a number of spots Thomas knew precisely where to go to avoid getting stuck or falling out. My sister and I had a wonderful time. Thank you! Also, there's a spot where a guy takes your picture (not with the company and you can purchase later, which we did for a reasonable price.

    Megan Mitchell
    December 07, 2021

    We went rafting here on a whim while were up in the NC mountains - a friend had seen it on the side of the road and suggested it. It turned out to be my very favorite thing we did on our whole vacation. The river was just beautiful, there were some fun rapids but not too much for us or the kids, we got to get out and jump off some high rocks into the water... just a perfect day. I only wish it lasted longer.

    A M
    July 16, 2022

    One of the best experiences I’ve had on the water! The owners and employees were all so nice and thoughtful the whole time. They took time to explain everything and made sure we felt safe to get on the kayak before setting off. The driver who took us to our spot was funny and great to talk to. The ride itself was amazing. The building and even bathrooms were so nice, as well! We will be back!

    Lillian Woolworth
    August 15, 2022

    Excellent! We took 2 single kayaks out and had a lovely time. Everything was easy, no hassle, we didn't have to make a reservation for a Friday early afternoon. The boats were in great shape, practically looked new and were super maneuverable/turned on a dime. Everyone was friendly and helpful. For a 2-2.5 hour float down the river plus getting shuttled, the price was perfect! So glad this place exists and can't wait to bring friends and family here. The water on a Friday was calm and slow-moving except for some fun small rapids, and the water was a perfect temp for swimming. I had sunglasses but would bring a hat next time, there's not much shade on the river.

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