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Summer Vacation Trips in North Carolina – Nantahala River Gorge

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

If you are planning a North Carolina summer vacation then one option you might want to consider is the Nantahala River gorge area. The river floats several hundred thousand tourists each and every year. If you plan on going down the river in the busy summer months you might want to call ahead and make sure there is a spot available for you and your family.

There are many other opportunities on the Nantahala River that include kayaking and canoeing. The river is also a very popular spot for fly fishing. The upper part of the river has been touted as one of the top 100 trout streams in America for several years. You will have the opportunity to catch rainbow, brook and brown trout on the upper Nantahala River.

Other activities that might interest you include mountain biking, hiking, sight seeing, camping, horseback riding and tubing. If you have a family that enjoys outdoor adventures then visiting the gorge area is something that is a must. To enjoy the great outdoor experience it would be a good idea to book a camping trip. By sitting around a camp fire each night you will have the opportunity to spend time with your family and truly enjoy the great outdoors.

If you plan on taking a whitewater rafting trip down the river make sure to bring some warm clothes to change into because the water temperature is approximately 48 degrees year round and you are going to get wet when you go rafting down the river.

Staying Safe With White Water Rafting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

White water rafting is a challenging sport that involves paddling a raft along or across open water or rivers and navigating the raft to calmer areas. The degree of roughness of the water varies greatly and the sole purpose of the sport is only for the adrenaline rush that rafters experience. If you are new to white water rafting, it is best to participate in an organized tour. The leader will instruct you on how to handle yourself and the raft in the water, and will advise you on safety measures that must be taken.

There are several different companies throughout the country that offer white water rafting tours for a reasonable amount of money. They will not only take you out for your day of white water rafting, they often also provide lunch and sometimes dinner for your group. These guides will advise you on what level rafting to begin with, this is described in terms of “class”. The higher the class rapids, the more difficult the trip will be. When you are starting out, you will want to stick with one of the lower class. In this type of rafting, the water will be less tumultuous and there will be a lesser chance of you being injured.

There are a few things that you can do in order to stay safe in the water. The first is to always wear a life jacket. You may think that because you are in the raft, you are safe and will never end up in the water. This is not necessarily true. The water you will be rafting in is extremely rough and can toss you around your raft like a rag doll. It is not uncommon for a white water rafter to be thrown out of the boat, in which case, a life jacket will come in handy. Don’t panic if you end up in the water, just stay calm and point your feet downstream while you wait for your buddies to get you back into the raft. This will protect your head from hitting rocks as the flow of water propels you downstream.

On the off chance that you or one of your friends is injured, you should have a first aid kit with you in the raft. When choosing a first aid kit, look for one that can float. Your first aid kit should have plenty of anti-bacterial ointment and bandages in case you cut yourself on one of the jagged rocks.