The Tuckasegee River, known as the “Tuck,” originates near Cashiers, North Carolina and flows through the towns of Sylva, Dillsboro, Whittier and Bryson City on its way to Fontana Lake. The Tuck is the only river in Western North Carolina which offers rafting for children as young as 4 years old. The river is the perfect choice for beginner and intermediate paddlers.
Your trip with Smoky Mountain River Adventures takes you 5.2 miles through quiet areas of leisurely floating mixed with fun and exhilarating class I and II rapids. Along the way, you can enjoy our famous jumping rock, swimming in deep pools, and observe the many birds and animals that call the river home. Your 2.5 hour trip ends at our rafting shop, with a free ice pop. No waiting for a shuttle to pick you up. Your dry clothes and car are right there for your convenience.
- Truly Family-friendly: ages 4 and up
- Favorite River Trip of Multi-gen Families: ages 90+!
- Groups welcome: discounts for 10+