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.

Fontana Lake won “Best SUP Destination” in the Blue Ridge Outdoors 2016 Best of the Blue Ridge Awards.

More fun activities on the water near Bryson City.

Paddleboard Rentals

Nantahala Outdoor Center


13077 Hwy 19 W

Bryson City, NC 28713

Local 828-488-6900

TF 800-232-7238

Fax 828-488-0301

Nantahala Outdoor Center

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

Phone 828-342-6444

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!


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.