Where to rent outdoor gear for fun in the NC Smokies
Bryson City has great outdoor activities to keep you busy on your vacation. If you like to rent your own equipment and play at your own pace, there are plenty of options to rent bikes, duckies or rafts, tubes, paddle boards, kayaks, and UTVs. If guided outdoor activities are more your style, some of these businesses offer that. But also check out Things To Do In Bryson City to see what other guided options might be available.
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Bryson City. A River Runs Through It.
If you have a kayak, don’t overlook the Tuckasegee.
Paddle Inn Rafting Company
We offer guided, guide assisted, and be your own boss (Rentals.) We have Funyaks, Pumas, Self Bailers and regular rafts. Enjoy our riverfront cabins, RV sites and group tenting areas. We want to share our passion for the river with you and we take pride in our customer service. You are our number one concern. Near Bryson City, open April-Nov. Also open by advance reservation Nov. - April.
Endless River Adventures
Offers whitewater rafting on the Nantahala, Cheoah, and Ocoee Rivers. Ocoee rafting package includes transportation from our Nantahala Outpost, saving you the extra driving. We offer kayak instruction from the beginner to advanced level. Our guided fly fishing trips include float trips on the Nantahala River. We have an outfitters store located in the Nantahala Gorge with outdoor equipment and fly fishing. We also specialize in Whitewater and EcoAdventure Trips to Ecuador.
Smoky Mountain River Adventures
Smoky Mountain River Adventures specializes in whitewater rafting trips for the whole family. The Tuckaseegee River is the only river in Western North Carolina that can host children as young as 4 years old. Come enjoy your day on the river with us!
Appalachian Adventure Rentals
The Smokies have some of the best riding areas in the world. Whether you want to experience them in a Polaris Slingshot, Polaris UTV, Indian motorcycle, or all of them, we have you covered! Being an authorized Polaris Outfitter, our machines are always up to date and safety is priority! So come EXPLORE with us, whether it’s on or off the road! Book online, by phone, or better yet come see us at our convenient location.
Rolling Thunder River Company
For almost 40 years Rolling Thunder River Company has provided high quality, fun filled rafting experiences, with over 1 million guests choosing to raft and stay with us. Choose guided, follow a guide or non-guided/ rental trip options. We offer hot showers, campground, and a bunkhouse which sleeps up to 65 people. Family owned and operated with a caring staff. Open April - September. Dog-friendly rafting.
Wildwater-Nantahala Gorge Adventure Center
Fully guided and rental inflatable kayak and raft trips available. A family-owned business since 1971, Wildwater runs on the Nantahala, Ocoee, Pigeon, and Chattooga Rivers. A complete adventure destination-Zipline Canopy Tours, half-day Jeep® Tours, full-day Rails & Trails, and Raft & Rail© since 1988. Wildwater offers 100% quality service guarantee. On site lodging in unique Yurt Cabins or economical Group Lodge at our Falling Waters Adventure Resort. WIFI for guests.
Appalachian Rivers Raft Co., Inc.
Offering exciting and enjoyable whitewater activities for families and groups since 1979. Featuring excellent equipment and a courteous, professional staff and very reasonable rates. We invite you to come and enjoy the river in one of our self-bailing rafts or funyaks. For the inexperienced, we offer guide-assisted or fully guided trips. Contact us soon and join the fun!!
Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting
Experience the beauty and adventure of whitewater on the Nantahala River. We are family owned and located directly on river. Our specialty is giving economical prices with the very best in personal service, equipment, facilities, and staff. No experience necessary. Guided & unguided trips available March through October. Walk-ins are welcome or call to reserve your adventure. We look forward to seeing you on the river with us!
Smoky Mtn. Campground/Deep Creek Store & Tubes
Located on West Deep Creek just 50 yards from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our family friendly campground has been in operation since 1957. We offer 5 creekside sites with 30 amp hookup and 12 creekside sites with 50 amp hookup. Also available are 10 land sites; 2 with 30 amp and 3 with 50. Hot showers are available for our campers and we also have a campground store and tube rental on site, with campers receiving a discount on tube rental. Pets are accepted after a conversation with the owners. WIFI available at store. Open from April 1 to October 31.
Carolina Bound Adventures Rentals
Try our kayak rentals or paddle board rentals on beautiful Fontana Lake! Enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains scenery, explore the inlets and coves and the many islands formed from the former mountain peaks. Relax and take a lunch! Carolina Bound Adventures will meet you at the lake with the equipment. You show up and have all the fun! No experience required, 250 lb. weight limit.
Safety comes first in our family-owned business! Our SxS rentals which come equipped with seatbelts, whip lights, light bars, Bluetooth, radio, and navigation. Our rental fleet is comprised of brand new 2022 Yahamas Rmax and Honda Talons, with two and four seats available, street legal and off road capable. Free half hour tour guide available by appointment. From tours to rentals, we’ve got everything you need for your next outdoor adventure!
Carolina Outfitters Rafting Company
Offers Guide-in-Boat, Guide Assisted, or Non-Guided whitewater rafting trips on the popular and scenic Nantahala River. Inflatable Funyak/Ducky rentals. Excellent equipment, friendly staff, and comfortable facilities. Great low prices and group rates available. Combine your rafting experience with gemstone mining, horseback riding, and scenic train tours. Fully furnished vacation rentals available. Convenient to all area attractions.
Smoky Mountain Tube and Raft
Smoky Mountain Tube and Raft offers tube and raft trips for all ages - and with drop off and pick up, there's no easier way to enjoy a cool and refreshing float along the tranquil Oconaluftee River in Cherokee.
Deep Creek Lodge/Creekside Tubing
You can't get any closer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Located at the Deep Creek entrance, The Lodge offers one or two bedroom efficiency rooms, kitchen/dinette/living room, queen size bed, large sitting porch, beautiful view. Or enjoy the two bedroom cabin located directly on the creek. Group rates available with the Lodge. Tube rentals and Moon Goddess Burgers & Shakes on premises.
Deep Creek Tube Center & Campground
Nestled in the Deep Creek valley with view of the mountains and the soothing sounds of Deep Creek. 50 campsites, full hook-ups, 30 or 50 amp and primitive sites. 1 mile from the GSMNP. Tubing, camp store, trout fishing, volleyball, laundry, playground, and 2 clean bathhouses on site. 15 cabin rentals also available. Open April-November.
Tsali Cycles is a family friendly, full service bike shop offering everything from expert repairs, trail info, bike rentals, and custom bike rebuilds to retail gear and bike sales. Join one of our weekly group rides, open to all skill levels, and after your ride enjoy one of our six local craft beers on tap in our taproom. Or take a break from pedaling and relax in one of our professionally led yoga classes; visit our website for our weekly schedule.
Nantahala Outdoor Center Rentals
Explore Fontana Lake with our flatwater rentals — stand-up paddleboards or sit on top kayaks in both single or tandem. All gear is supplied, with trips departing directly from NOC’s main campus. Paddle the scenic Nantahala River with our raft and ducky rentals. NOC provides high-quality boats for any size group, all the gear you need including paddles and pfds, pre-trip safety talk and a shuttle to the put in. Hit the local trails with our mountain bike rentals. Enjoy both Flint Ridge Trails right on NOC’s main campus or experience the well-known Flint Ridge System just a short drive away.
Raft with kids as yound as age 4. No weight limit. Guide assisted half day rafting trips on class I and II whitewater. A great trip for families with younger kids and for beginners.
Bryson City Outdoors Rentals
Come join us for some fun in the sun with our kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals on Fontana lake. Rentals take place from our SUP SHACK! The SUP SHACK is located right on the water at Almond Boat Park Marina near Bryson City. Take some time out of your day to explore Fontana Lake this summer...one of Bryson City's best kept secrets!
Main photo courtesy Appalachian Adventure Rentals
More About Outdoor Adventures
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