Stand-Up Paddle Boarding - A Unique Way to Play on Water In the Smokies
Stand-Up paddleboarding (SUP), similar to canoeing, involves an oversized surf-style board and a long handled paddle, which you use to propel and steer through the water. Different boards types, shapes and sizes are used depending on the body of water you SUP. It is a great way to strengthen your core and improve your balance, while you have an enjoyable time in the outdoors.
Here in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina we paddleboard theTuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City, and the placid water of Fontana Lake. A favorite spot - the finger lake area - is easy to access and there are no boats around to send wakes your way.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
Rated "One of the Best Outfitter's on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, NOC has been the leader in the rafting industry since 1972. NOC offers family friendly adventures rafting and paddling the Nantahala River, as well as riverside dining, lodging, shopping, mountain bike rentals, lake kayaking, wilderness medicine training and our world famous Paddling School. There's something for everyone so come see for yourself why NOC is a legend in the outdoors!
Bryson City Outdoors
Contact: Brett Hackshaw or Ben King
169 Main Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Rent a paddleboard in downtown Bryson City on the river or nearby on Fontana Lake! Our paddleboards are very beginner friendly and our knowledgeable staff can help anyone stand up on a paddleboard. Guided tours also available. Great fun for the whole family, call today to book your trip!
Carolina Bound Adventures Paddle Boarding
Contact: Mark Van Osdal
P.O. Box 61
Almond, NC 28702
Are you booking adventures like Paddle Boarding plus multiple other Adventures while you’re here for vacation? Save time making reservations and do it all at one website! Our adventure planning and reservation concierge service consolidates your vacation research and planning in one place. Visit our website, choose your desired adventures like Paddle Boarding and we’ll make the reservations plus set up your itinerary!
The Sunny Day Adventure Co. LLC
Contact: Jason S. Swafford
151 1/2 Sardis Rd.
Asheville, NC 28728
With services based on Fontana Lake and accessing all areas of the lake with its 32'pontoon boat, The Sunny Day Adventure Company guides standup paddle board and hiking tours to some of the most dynamic scenery Western North Carolina has to offer.
What to wear
All rentals include board, paddle and approved life jacket. It’s advisable to be barefoot and to wear a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirt. Watches and loose jewelry should be left behind. And eyeglasses should be secured with a head strap. You should also bring towels and a change of dry clothes.