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The Paddle Inn Rafting Company on the Nantahala Gorge



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Welcome to the Paddle Inn Rafting Company! White Water Rafting on the Nanthahala River is what Paddle Inn is all about. We provide White Water Rafting Trips on the Nantahala River in Western North Carolina in the Nantahala River Gorge. We run daily Guided, Guide Assisted and "Be Your Own Boss" Rentals for a trip that you are in full charge of. Our outpost is located just 14 miles west of Bryson City, NC. on US 19/74 West in the Western North Carolina Nantahala Gorge.

Paddle Inn has been in operation for over 21 years and we take pride in providing you with a quality whitewater experience.

About the Nantahala
The Nantahala River is a Class III river, meaning very safe for anyone 60lbs or over. The full river trip on the river is 8 and one half miles long and lasts about 3 hours. All equipment, boat, life vest, paddles, instructions, and shuttle are furnished.

What to Bring
Depending on Mother Nature you want to bring jeans, shorts, tee shirt, and sandals. A slash proof Camera and a plastic bag for your wet clothes, as you change is handy. Wet suits and water shoes are available for the trip.

Who Should Go Rafting?
This is a super trip for family, friends, or any activity group such as churches, schools, or boy-scouts/girl-scouts, etc.

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ENTERING FROM THE EAST: From Ashville, travel West on I-40 to the Great Smoky Mts Natl Park exit #27 which is Hwy 74 West. After taking this exit, choose Hwy 23/74 toward Waynesville and Sylva. DO NOT take Hwy 19 as it would add a lot of slow mountain driving. Drive past Sylva, Cherokee and Bryson City remaining on Hwy 74 (Great Smoky Mt. Expressway). Continue West on (Hwy 74), pass Bryson City about 10 miles. Prepare to bear left as the highway splits and narrows to a two lane road. Continue West on the two lane road. You will come to a Convenience Store on the left and the road makes a sharp right curve. Continue traveling west about 2 miles and you will see on the left a Peanut-Apple Cider stand. Slow down.... look for the 4 x 8' Paddle Inn sign on your right (which will be the campground) and across the street on the left will be the Rafting and Campground check in..

ENTERING FROM THE WEST: Coming from the Southwest stay in the center or left lane through Chattanooga. Leaving Chattanooga, travel North on I-75 toward Knoxville. Take the first Cleveland Exit #20 to Cherokee Natl. Forest. A sign says (64 Bypass East-Cleveland). Go toward Ducktown & Murphy. Stay on the (East 64/74) Bypass until you see OCOEE East 64 Exit. Continue East on (Hwy 19) through Murphy, and Andrews, NC. After the Highway narrows to two lanes, you go thorough Topton. You will pass a Park Forest sign indicating rafting "Put In" park on your right. (We are 6.2 miles Past the "Put In") . Continue past the "Put In" about 3 miles and there will be another park on the left which is Ferreby Park. (We are 3.4 miles past the park). The river will now be on your left. When you see the Slow to 35 miles per hour sign slow down we are just around the bend. There is a Pizza By the River the left, shortly past that you will see the Paddle Inn Sign on your right which is the Rafting and Campground check in and on the left is a 4x8 Paddle Inn sign which is the Campground.

Entering from the South: From Atlanta via Georgia Route 5/515 Take I-75 North to I-575 North, which becomes Route 5/515 in 3 miles. Go North on 5 / 515 past Blue Ridge about 4-5 miles and you will see a yellow blinking light. Go through this light to the next light. Then you will see a small sign on the right side of the road saying Hwy 60. (The sign is only a few feet from the intersection). Turn left (west) on route 60 toward Mineral Bluff or Murphy.. Go 1.5 miles to Mineral Bluff, then turn right at red brick church in Mineral Bluff onto "60 spur". Go approximately 12 miles to a stop sign, junction with 19/74. Turn right (east) toward Murphy, NC. Continue 30-40 minutes on 19/74 and you will enter western Swain County through the Nantahala Gorge. You will pass a Park Forest sign indicating rafting "Put In" park on your right. (We are 6.2 miles Past the "Put In") . Continue past the "Put In" about 3 miles and there will be another park on the left which is Ferreby Park. (We are 3.4 miles past the park). The river will now be on your left. When you see the Slow to 35 miles per hour sign slow down we are just around the bend. There is a Pizza By the River the left, shortly past that you will see the Paddle Inn Sign on your right which is the Rafting and Campground check in and on the left is a 4x8 Paddle Inn sign which is the Campground.

Entering from the North: From Knoxville via I-40 Take I-40 East and, after crossing the TN/NC border, take exit 27 which is Hwy 74 West. After taking this exit, choose Hwy 23/74 toward Waynesville and Sylva. DO NOT take Hwy 19 as it would add a lot of slow mountain driving. Drive past Sylva, Cherokee and Bryson City remaining on Hwy 74 (Great Smoky Mt. Expressway). Continue West on (Hwy 74), pass Bryson City about 10 miles. Prepare to bear left as the highway splits and narrows to a two lane road. Continue West on the two lane road. You will come to a Convenience Store on the left and the road makes a sharp right curve. Continue traveling west about 2 miles and you will see on the left a Peanut-Apple Cider stand. Slow down.... look for the 4 x 8' Paddle Inn sign on your right (which will be the campground) and across the street on the left will be the Rafting and Campground check in..

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rates

Rafting: $13.95/person*
*$30.00 minimum charge on all rafting trips.
Saturdays in July and August slightly higher.

Double Funyak: $40.00

Single Funyak: $25.00

Discounted Adventures for Youth Groups, Church Groups, Camps, and other Groups at affordable prices.

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payments

VISA ,MASTERCARD ,CASH ,CHECKS

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amenities

NON SMOKING, KID FRIENDLY, PARKING AVAILABLE, RV PARKING, FOOD AVAILABLE

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