5 Things to Know About the Tuckaseegee River

1. Location – where is the Tuck?

The Tuckaseegee River is located in Western North Carolina, specifically in Jackson County, including the towns of Cullowhee, Sylva, Dillsboro, and Whittier. The length of Tuckaseegee River travels some 40-miles across the county from north to south, cutting through the mountains and winding across the valley floors, displaying the uncompromising beauty of a mountain river. The Tuckaseegee is located just 45 minutes west of Asheville, NC and 2 hours north of Atlanta, GA.
attachment: map of Tuckaseegee

2. Can I raft the Tuckaseegee?

Sure you can!! All Rivers are rated with a rapid score ranging from class I (1) to class IV (5). The Tuckaseegee has class I & II rapids, sometimes III on high water days. This rating means that we are a perfect choice to first time and beginner rafters. Our river offers a combination of rapids with calm areas to swim and enjoy the scenery. Our river is a great choice for extended families with young children as young as 4 years old, parents, and grandparents.

3. How do I pick the best trip for us?

The only question to ask yourself is…. How much experience do I have on the water?

  • No experience – Give us a call to schedule a guided trip… Owner, Tee Davis, can help you decide on the best options for your group, family or friend outing.
  • Some experience – Based on the experience of the group… You may decide to take a self guided raft or split up into double and single duckies. It’s a matter of how you want to spend the day. Teenagers love singles.
  • I’m a old pro – Go for the single and double inflatable duckies. We have double ducks that can accommodate two parents and a small children
4. I want to go… what can I expect?

Smoky Mountain River Adventures prides itself in welcoming customers and executing your departures to the river in a timely manner. Your trip will start at our outpost …after being greeted and changing for your trip. You will be given a brief safety talk where we will answer any questions that you may have. Next, you will take a short van ride to the start of your adventure. The trip is 5 miles long or 2 & 1/2 hours. The first 20 minutes of your trip is a slow calm stretch of the river where you can work on rusty paddling skills and perfect your team. If you are taking a guided trip, it is a time to get a feel for the river and understand your easy guide instructions. From here, you will experience five rapids, our famous jumping rock, and deep pools for swimming. Your adventure ends at our outfitters, with a free ice pop and your car waiting for you and your family. Plan your trip.

5. What should I bring?

Early and Late Summer vary greatly in Western North Carolina. Be prepared…
Dry clothes to change into after your trip
Swimsuits, tee shirts, and shorts for your rafting adventure
Snacks, water, and maybe lunch along the way
Water Shoes, something with and back strap or old tennis shoes