August 22, 2017 Written by

The majority of visitors to Western North Carolina are ready to enjoy time outdoors with a little adventure. There is a lot to do in this region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Kayaking and white water rafting near Highlands, N.C. attracts visitors to the region.

Head to the River

The Cullasaja River and the Chattanooga River attracts visitors to kayak and raft the waterways. Since both rivers are within driving distance of Highlands, they provide a great day trip experience.

The Nantahala National Forest is home to the Cullasaja River and the Chattanooga River. In addition, the Cullasaja River is part of the National Scenic Byway which features a number of waterfalls. A portion of the Chattanooga River is designated as a Wild and Scenic River.


White water rafting & kayaking are both popular water sports near Highlands, N.C.

Difference in Kayaking & White Water Rafting

Many tourists inquire about the differences between kayaking and white water rafting. The type of equipment used is the difference of both activities. A kayak is similar to a canoe with space for one person and sits low in the water.  In contrast a raft, usually inflatable, is used to navigate the waterway and can hold several people at once.

Find a Guided Trip or Outfitter

Is this your first time trying either kayaking or white water rafting? Have you been rafting or kayaking previously? Whatever your skill level, there are a number of options available depending on experience. Although some tourist are comfortable on their own, others will opt for a guided trip.  The outfitters in the region are knowledgeable about area rivers and can suggest challenging guided excursions. Many outfitters also offer guided tours and can assist in scheduling a memorable route to raft or kayak.

Tips for first time white water rafting:

    1. Expect to get wet. Wear waterproof clothing
    2. Keep your life vest & protective gear on during trip
    3. Use sunscreen
    4. Listen to your guide & follow instructions
    5. Remember to have fun & enjoy the ride

Also when planning your trip, inquire about any specific instructions or equipment needed prior to arrival such as age limits or other restrictions. Special arrangements may need to be made depending on the size of your group so everyone will have a great experience.

Then after an exhilarating day in the great outdoors of Western North Carolina, return to The Park On Main here in Highlands and regroup from your time spent kayaking or rafting. Select from a number of the beautifully appointed suites many with stunning mountain views. The Park On Main in charming Highlands, N.C. is conveniently located to several exciting attractions. When planning your time in the area, contact us to reserve your accommodations and get ready to take on the regional river rapids.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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