Meet the Gelbaugh’s!

Hello 2021 season! This marks our 3rd year as owners of Dillsboro River Company (DRC), the home of mom-approved rafting on the Tuckasegee River! We are pleased to report our amazing team successfully navigated through the challenges brought on by 2020. We are gearing up for another year of river fun at DRC. We have expanded our retail section, increased our equipment supply, created a space for hosting small custom group events as well as our airbnb 

( and are thrilled to welcome back many return staff as well as some new friendly folks to our river family. We look forward to making memories with you this rafting season :)

Adam - I grew up playing in/paddling on the Kalamazoo River through Plainwell MI. We could walk to the put in and float home:) I paddled many Michigan rivers and some on the big lakes too. Along the way I met a friend who introduced me to the Chattooga River in South Carolina where I met Mary!  I was hooked (on whitewater) and haven't left the southeast since. Over the last 15 years I’ve guided commercial raft trips on the Chattooga, French Broad, Nantahala, Ocoee, Cheoah, Tuckasegee, Nolichucky, and Pigeon Rivers. Long before we started operating DRC I considered the Tuck my home river, open canoe is my craft of choice.  These days I mostly enjoy sharing it with all of you!

​Mary - Native to Sylva, North Carolina my first memories on the river began right here on the Tuckasegee River in a canoe with my parents and older brother. My interest in paddling led me to Nantahala Outdoor Center where I enjoyed over a decade of employment in all facets of the industry meeting lots of great folks, including Adam. I explored the west on the migratory winter west snow, summer east paddle circuit for a number of seasons before settling permanently in Sylva. Along the way I earned degrees in Parks and Rec and Holistic Nutrition.  My interest in natural health led me to join the team at Wilson Family Chiropractic in 2009. When I’m not helping to get folks get straightened out you’ll find me at the Dillsboro River Company helping you get out on the water! 

Seth - Seth did a few guide alongs on the Nantahala and a canoe trip down Section 2 on the Chattooga in utero. We began taking Seth on the Tuck around a year and a half old. It doesn’t matter if winter or summer Seth is always ready for river adventure, especially if we have good snacks. His favorite river craft is an inflatable raft filled with family and friends for a relaxing float with moments of joy going through the rapids on the Tuckasegee river. 

Wren - Wren must have had some in utero Tuck trips too. Upon birth we waited a year and a half like Seth for Wren’s first Tuckasegee float upon which she fell asleep. In fact, almost every river trip Wren has gone on she falls asleep. The peace of the river rocks our little gal to sweet dreams.

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9:30am - 5:30pm

We launch boats:

Sunday 10am - 2pm


Monday - Call First!

*** No scheduled water ***

Tuesday 10am - 2pm 

Wednesday 10am - 2pm

Thursday 10am - 2pm 

Friday 10am - 2pm 

Saturday 10am - 2pm 

* Would you like to float the river? MUST CHECK IN BY 2pm 

You must check in no later than 2pm to rent a boat for self guided rafting, high adventure tubing or inflatable kayaks (*Sundays by noon*).




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Dillsboro River Company / 18 Macktown Rd Sylva, NC 28779 / 828.507.2428 

Rafting and Tubing do have inherent risk and by participating you do assume this risk for you and the minors in your care.  DRC has an excellent safety record and works hard to minimize this risk.  Make sure you consult with your family doctor if you have any underlying medical conditions.