A very popular adventurous activity in the mountains is whitewater rafting. In the High Country there are many great rivers and streams to enjoy North Carolina whitewater rafting and kayaking. There are many local guide shops in the area that provide lots of fun trips on the water. The rafting season usually starts at the end of March and ends in the middle of October. The size and types of rapids usually vary from river to river and at different times in the season.
The Class Ratings
Class II – Easy. Rapids of medium difficulty, with passages clear and wide. Low ledges.
Class III – Medium. Waves numerous, high, irregular. Rocks, eddies. Rapids with passages that are clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering. Inspection usually needed.
Class IV – Difficult. Long rapids. Waves powerful, irregular. Dangerous rocks, boiling eddies. Passages difficult to reconnoiter. Inspection mandatory first time. Powerful and precise maneuvering required.
Class V – Very difficult. Extremely tough, long and very violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption. River bed extremely obstructed. Big drops, violent current, very steep gradient. Reconnoitering essential but difficult.
Class VI – Extraordinarily difficult. Difficulties of class V carried to extremes of navigability. Nearly impossible and very dangerous. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels and after close study with all precautions.
Different Types of Floats
What to Bring
The High Country area of North Carolina offers an abundance of rafting and outdoor challenge guides that feature great trips for rafting, rappelling, rock climbing and more.
High Mountain Expeditions
River and Earth Adventures