The Smoky Mountains of North Carolina offer stunning views, fresh mountain air, and crystal clear waters. The towering elevations and availability of water found in the Smoky Mountains leads to a number of great locations where you can go rafting in the Smokies. Waterways near Waynesville and Maggie Valley, NC in Haywood County are rated on a scale of I to VI, with VI being the more treacherous rapids. Visitors to Maggie Valley and Waynesville, NC can choose from a number of different rafting companies on a number of different rivers all just a short drive away. Rafters and kayakers can enjoy the cool clear waters and class II and III rapids of the Nantahala River located within the Nantahala National Forest. Kayakers and rafters can enjoy class II and III rapids on the Pigeon River starting at the North Carolina line and adjacent to the GSMNP and traveling into Tennessee.
Kayakers can enjoy more extreme rapids, up to class V, at various creeks located throughout Haywood County and close to Waynesville and Maggie Valley. Deep Creek located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers tubing and swimming in cool mountain waters. All ages can enjoy hiking, viewing waterfalls, tubing, swimming, or just wading in the GSMNP at Deep Creek, just a short drive from Maggie Valley and Waynesville, NC. Lake Junaluska in Waynesville, NC offers paddle boating and kayaking. Many area waterways offer swimming and fun on those hot southern summer days. So, just remember to bring your bathing suit and your sense of adventure, the waters of Waynesville and Maggie Valley are waiting to help you relax and cool off.