The Nantahala River offers the thrill and excitement of riding river rapids in a raft, canoe or kayak while enjoying the scenic Nantahala National Forest that surrounds it. Eight plus miles of constant waves and swift, clear currents with an overall gradient of thirty-five feet per mile make the Nantahala River a delight for almost all ages interested in learning whitewater rafting. The rafting segment of the Nantahala River runs clear and cold as it is released from the bottom of Aquone Reservoir and flows between the Beechertown Power Plant and Fontana Lake. The trip takes a little over 3 hours and contains almost continuous class I and II rapids, with an optional class III at the end. No matter if you go-it alone or with a guide, it will be a memory you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Please note that in my extensive research I have found that the US Forest Service Requires all rafters weigh at least 60 lbs before rafting down the Nantahala River. Also, the above photo is a picture of rafters taking the Wesser Falls during competition. These falls are are classified as Class III and are not open to the public for rafting without a guide and/or special arrangements.