Nolichucky River Rafting

The Nolichucky River in Tennessee offers a variety of outstanding whitewater rafting. The Upper Nolichucky is one of the wildest and most scenic rivers in the Southeast. It's exciting and challenging! From the start it drops into a ten-mile long gorge with class III- IV rapids. Paddlers do not need prior experience to enjoy raft or funyak. You will paddle past rugged rock bluffs, crystal clear springs and mountains that rise to elevations of 3000'.

The river sits at the bottom of one of the deepest gorges in the Eastern U.S. and the exhilaration of paddling through clear, cold water in the shadow of the Unaka Mountain Range is a feeling that won't leave in a hurry.

There is limited access on the Nolichucky River, so it is seldom crowded. Its remote location gives paddlers a real wilderness experience that isn't found on other dam-controlled rivers.

The best time to raft the Nolichucky is in the spring, when water levels are typically at their highest. The water tends to drop around July. The high water and new growth found in early spring make for a truly memorable river trip.

The Lower Nolichucky is perfect for the family; it's gentle enough for the younger children. The Lower has class I and II rapids with one class III at the end. You'll float pass 700' cliffs, forested woodlands and sandy beaches. You might even see a deer or an osprey. You'll have time to enjoy swimming in the quiet pools between gentle rapids and maybe hike to a cascading waterfall.


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