Family Friendly Whitewater Rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains
Captain Your Own Boat
River rafting on the Tuckaseegee is self-guided allowing your group or family to go at your own pace not led down the river at a pace dictated by scheduling demands. This allows time to stop enjoy the views and step back from the often hectic pace of life (Reservations Recommended).
Guided whitewater rafting trips are available for those who need extra help or attention floating down the river. With prior reservation, we would be happy to arrange for a guide to accompany you and your group during your river adventure. Please give us a call to reserve a guide.
Variety of Rafts
We offer a variety of rafts for a family-friendly whitewater adventure! Choose one that best fits you or your group. Water levels vary depending on the time of year. During the times of high water, a raft offers a more stable platform for floating down the Tuckaseegee River.
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Whitewater Rafting, Extreme Tubing, Kayaking and more on the Tuckaseegee River!
We’re your float trip and tubing destination on the Tuckaseegee River in the Great Smoky Mountains. There is no better location in the Southeast to go rafting with your kids.
River trips start from our Outfitters at Barkers Creek Crossing 3 miles North of Dillsboro (NC 28725) on hwy 74 & 441. We issue equipment and do our pre trip briefing at the Outfitters. The Outfitters location is where you park your car and return to at the end of your trip. After your trip visit our store for outdoor equipment, t-shirts, snacks, and more. The Tuckaseegee Outfitters also offers clean restroom facilities for customers. Your 5 mile trip down the river from Dillsboro ends at our Outfitters so no 2nd. bus ride in wet clothes to your car.
4909 Hwy 74 Whittier NC 28789
The Tuckaseegee is part of the Tennessee River Valley, its water eventually flows into the Mississippi River and on down to the Gulf of Mexico. Located in the western part of North Carolina flowing through a scenic mountain valley and several quaint mountain communities.
While warmer than some of the other dam controlled rivers in the area, the Tuckaseegee usually runs about 70 degrees in the summer months.
Last year i took my Brother in law on this and we had a blast, now this is a much better course than the NOC because it is not as... read more
We really enjoyed our rafting trip down the Tuckasegee. I would recommend Tuckasegee Outfitters to anyone in the area that wants to raft or kayak down a fun river. Our... read more
We had a great time kayaking along the Tuckasegee! Staff were really great and I appreciated the owner’s accommodation to take our family to the drop off point privately to... read more
Owner was awesome, and very accomodating. Safety btiefing covered the basics, but was suffivient enough for us to feel comfortable on the trip.
Our family choose this group because they are one of the few that allow small children- our boys 5 and 7 have never been, my husband and I have enjoyed... read more
The Tuck is a more relaxed river than others we’ve been on, but it has a couple of Class 2 rapids. Cool views; saw a bald eagle and a... read more
I called ahead & got a reservation. This was the highlight of our vacation! Everyone in our family of 4 ,ages 11-47 loved it! We got 2 tandem kayaks. Would... read more
We had originally reserved with another rafting company, but they canceled on us last minute. We called this company and they were able to accomadate us! The staff was friendly... read more
We stopped here to go rafting or tubing at 215 Sunday afternoon. We did not have reservations but their website indicated that one didn’t have to and their physical sign... read more
Relaxed river for little kids to get experience with rafting. Took a guided trip with a group of 14 including kids from 5 to 12 yrs old. Too slow for... read more
We had a blast on the calm tubing trip. There were just enough small rapids to make it fun with the in-laws and cousins but still calm enough to crack... read more
We patronize Tuckasegee Outfitters almost every summer. They are the best for guided rafting or renting a 1-person ”duckie.” If you have small
kids or just want a low-stress, fun... read more
Hubby and I rented individual kayaks and floated the 2.5 miles down river from where these guys drop you in. The staff were all super friendly, gave some good advice,... read more