It has been a year since we visited the Smoky Mountains. As I had said in my last post, I have a lot more to tell y’all from my fall trip. This time it is about the fun and frolic in Nantahala, North Carolina.
Everyone should go on a river rafting trip at least once. We decided to drive from Tennessee to North Carolina through Cherokee to reach our destination – Wild water rafting, Nantahala. The Nantahala river is located in Nantahala forest. It’s ideally located at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; just a short distance from Cherokee and Bryson City, North Carolina.
Our slot was at 12.30 pm and we were doubly excited about this experience. I was totally scared at first but then made up my mind to do something out of my threshold. The fact that we were gonna be a batch of 6 people in a raft reassured me. How naive of me!
It is said that “Life on the river contains wonders”. If you are wondering who said that, well, it is yours truly! 🙂 Once we started rowing the raft, I really felt close to the wilderness. No gadgets, no other distractions but just an adrenaline rush on hitting the rapids on and off. To top it off, the fall foliage was at its peak in Nantahala and the view while rafting was just breath taking.
The rapids in Nantahala river is level 2 and 3 which is usually best for beginners. But levels 4, 5 need more expertise and can be difficult and scary. Our guide was very friendly and supportive. In placid waters, he maneuvered the raft by himself sitting at the back of the raft. In most other areas in the river, we rowed together based on his directions. At one point, he even gave us a chance to swim in the Nantahala river for a while. Our rafting tour ended with a final rapid 4 current. We all held on to the boat tight and yelled a big hurray at last. The trip lasted for about 3 hours along eight miles of crystal clear water, constant waves and swift rapid current.
I felt that river rafting is a great experience to foster friendship. For a small window of time, you do everything together, you are ready to save each other’s life, hold on tight through the rapids, shout out loud to anticipate the big rapids ahead and so on. Till date, we look back and cherish these memoirs. We definitely want to go back and do it all over again!
We were tired and ravenous after the rafting. We rushed to the best pizza shop in Bryson city and gulped some yummy anchovies pizza. Washed it down with some local brews.
Folks, if you are planning to stay back in Nantahala, you might as well choose to stay in the beautiful yurt villages close to the Nantahala River. It is a very cozy set up amidst the forest. The idea of yurt village is simple – they provide a luxurious camping setup. There is no hassle of setting up the tent. There is a bed, warmers, refrigerator, coffee machine etc. You just need to relax and enjoy the peaceful stay.
For booking contact : http://wildwaterrafting.com/portfolio-item/nantahala-yurt-village/
The rates are very reasonable. They charge you around $89 exclusive of tax for a night stay.
Accommodates up to 4 people.
A very romantic set up.
Trust me, my morning was so beautiful that I wanted to stay back in the yurt for one more day enjoying the beautiful spread of colors all around and the cool breeze. But, we went ahead with our original plan – drive through the Blue ridge Parkway later that day. We were all looking forward to it.
We enjoyed all the unknown thrills that break the monotony of daily life. Sure you will experience the same too.
Happy fall once again~~