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  • Calendar | dillsboro

    The Tuckasegee River is dam controlled with an East Fork river release of 500 cfs and West Fork river release of 250 cfs. When planning your river adventures these are the best days to schedule.

  • Dillsboro River Company | Rafting in Western North Carolina

    Mom-Approved Whitewater Rafting on the Tuckasegee River Welcome to Dillsboro River Company. We provide family-friendly whitewater rafting on the Tuckasegee River, just outside of Dillsboro, Sylva, and Bryson City, North Carolina. The Tuckasegee is the ideal river for first-time rafters, families with young children (minimum age limit is 4), and those who want more of a relaxing river trip with warmer water and the milder Class I & II rapids. ​ Guided Trips Self Guided Tubing About The Tuckasegee River The “Tuck” as the locals fondly call it, gets it start in the Cashiers and Panthertown area of Jackson County. It drops and winds through six reservoirs that vary in size from one to two acres to as large as major lakeside communities. ​ The Tuck is then reborn in the community of Tuckasegee about 18 miles south of our location. This is good because the temperature of the water coming out of the powerhouses is about 55 degrees!! By the time the dam-released water reaches us it has warmed up to 65-70 degrees. ​ The rapids of the Tuck are the Class II drop and pool variety. This means that after each of the rapids there is typically a pool of calm to slower-moving water. Class I means mild moving water, and Class II means moving water with a wave or two. ​ The official whitewater rapids rating system goes all the way up to Class VI. Class V is hardcore, difficult rafting with huge rapids. Class VI is beyond the limits of navigability. Warm water combined with Class I and II rapids is why we have a minimum requirement of only 4 years old or 40lbs. for kids. ​ What is the correct spelling of “Tuckasegee”? There are three spellings that are commonly found here in our Western North Carolina region: Tuckasegee, Tuckaseegee, and Tuckaseigee. ​ The word comes from the Cherokee word “Di-gah-se” and means place of the turtle. Big Group? Save time! Print your waivers & bring in completed! Out of respect for all the private property owners along the Tuckasegee River, please refrain from packing a picnic to take on the river. We have great recommendations on picnic spots and / or local restaurant recommendations to enjoy following your 2-hour whitewater adventure. Our Location and Amenities Dillsboro River Company is located directly by the riverside on the Tuckasegee, in the town of Dillsboro, North Carolina. The check-in desk, changing rooms / bathrooms and parking lot are all within yards of our easy and private access to the river. Our take-out is located 5.5 miles downstream, and also has bathrooms. The shuttle back to the put-in takes about 8 minutes. The Dillsboro River Company store is a beautiful barn style cabin overlooking the Tuck. We carry everything you will need to have a great trip down the river, such as sunscreen (complimentary), water ($1-2 a bottle), river shoes ($9.95 / pair), and snacks (range from .75 to $5). Your safety is important to us. Please refrain from bringing any drugs or alcohol onto our property (this includes both rentals and shuttles). We have a zero tolerance policy . If you choose to bring bags or coolers on your river adventure, we reserve the right to search the contents. ​

  • About Us | dillsboro

    Hello 2022 season! This marks our 4th 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 & 2021. 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 :) ​ Meet our amazing team!

  • Guided Rafting Trips | Sylva and Dillsboro NC | Smoky Mountain Rafting

    Guided raft trips on the Tuckasegee River bring out the best of North Carolina rafting. Our professional, friendly guides love kids and showing them fun on the river. Mom and Dad (and family and friends) get to sit back and enjoy the river float trip, while the guide takes care of all the details! Fully Guided: The Gold Standard! Take the stress out of your vacation and relax as you and your family float and paddle downriver through the gentle and warm rapids of the Tuckasegee. Let our guides take the worry out of steering and guiding while you enjoy this special time with your family. Target Participant: First timers. Younger kids and folks looking for a low stress river trip. Adults - $37 Kids 12 and under - $27 Guide Assisted: A Confidence Builder! Want to steer your own boat but your captain still has their land legs? On a guide assisted trip our staff will show you the proper paddling and steering techniques and then lead you down the river. They are not in the boat with you but they are always on the river to giving a helping hand when needed. Target Participant: Families wanting to rent a boat but not quite sure they want to be own their own. ​ Adults - $32 Kids 12 and under - $22 Please reload GUIDED RAFT TRIPS Guide: Chase Guide: Isabella Guide: Jerry Guide: Chase 1/3

  • Tubing | dillsboro

    Tubing the Tuck We offer tubing on two sections of the Tuckasegee! Downstream High Adventure Tubing is for participants 16 years or older who are in good physical condition . We have invested in the most advanced tubes to run class II rapids. Our tubes are made from the same materials as our rafts and is guaranteed tough. This is a whitewater run through 5.5 miles of class 1 and 2 rapids. ** Downstream: EAST FORK RELEASE DAYS ONLY** *If you are considering this trip because you're thinking it is easier than a rafting trip or inflatable kayak, this is not the trip for you. ​ $20 per participant (One member of your party must be 18 years or older.) Plus * $5 per mini paddle - if available Upstream tubing is more on the milder side . We drive you 3.5 miles upstream and you float back to Dillsboro River Company. There is a short mandatory portage on this section. ​ $20 per participant (One member of your party must be 18 years or older) Plus * $5 per mini paddle - if available ​ Tubing trip are 2-4 hours pending water levels. ​ *Our tubes are adult size. A small child would have difficulty maneuvering in one of our tubes therefore this activity is not suited for groups with small children. Additionally, anyone under 5 feet should consider floating in a tandem tube (Limited quantity available). Please instead consider rafting or inflatable kayaks - - both excellent "mom-approved" options! ​ *We do not mix our tubes with private tubers. Commercial guidelines/standards vs. private tuber standards vary greatly! We are not interested in any of the liability this presents.* ​ Launch times are from 10-1 on downstream and 10-2 on upstream . Sorry, no exceptions. ​ No coolers. For your safety, we have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol. Save that kind of fun for after the run.

  • Contact Dillsboro River Company | Whitewater Rafting

    GET IN TOUCH For any general information, please contact us: Call: 828-507-2428 or Text: 828-788-8829 Email: Address: 18 Macktown Road, Sylva, NC 28779

  • Gift Cards | dillsboro

    Gift cards from Dillsboro River Company are perfect for that adventurous person on your gift list for Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries. Please fill out the form below: Gift Cards

  • Self Guided Rafting Trips | Great Smoky Mountains

    SELF-GUIDED RAFTING TRIPS & RENTALS High quality boat rentals are available for North Carolina rafting trips on the Tuckasegee River. Choose from self-bailing rafts and inflatable kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, and new tubes. The Tuckasegee River, with its warmer waters than other area rivers and fun class II rapids are a perfect match for families. Our extensive rental fleet has something for everyone. Rafts Our rafts are light and easy to handle for the average family. The otters are very stable option for the family or groups looking for an all-together river trip. Minimum age of 4 or 40 lbs. Adults - $20 Kids - $15 (12 and under) Tandem Inflatable Kayaks More maneuverable than rafts and our most popular boat. A great option for a family of five with one younger child is for two of the older kids to paddle an inflatable kayak (aka as a "duck" or "duckie") together with mom and dad with one child in a raft. *At least one person in the the double duck must be an adult. Adults - $22 Kids - $17 (12 and under) Solo Inflatable Kayaks and Sit-On-Top Kayaks For folks looking for some extra adventure and challenge, and are ready to get wet! These boats are great fun on this mild river. It helps to know how to paddle (at least a little bit). This option is available for those 13 years of age and older. $30 per boat Please reload

  • Reserve a Rafting Trip | North Carolina Whitewater

    Reservations Full payment is required to reserve your space. We operate Rain or Shine. Only DRC staff can cancel or postpone a trip due to inclement weather. Refunds are available in full 48 hours before your trip. 50% refund or a full credit is available before 24 hours of your trip. No Refund or Credit is available within 24 hours of your trip. ​ Please call (828) 507-2428 or text (828) 788-8829 *TEXTING is the best option* to secure your reservation. We look forward to hosting you on the Tuckasegee River! Reservation Policy Altered following COVID-19

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