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. 

Here in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina we paddle board the Tuckasegee 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.

More fun activities on the water near Bryson City.

  • Carolina Bound Adventures Paddle Boarding

    Contact Name: Mark Van Osdal
    Address: 35 Slope Street
    Bryson City

    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!
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center

    Address: 13077 Hwy 19 W
    Bryson City

    Phone Two: TF: 800-232-7238
    Phone Three: Fax: 828-488-0301

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    Nantahala Outdoor Center’s main campus is located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts since 1972, NOC’s 500-acre adventure campus boasts plenty of excitement to keep your entire group happy and active, whether you spend the day or a week! Whitewater raft, zipline, mountain bike and hike, and explore Lake Fontana in a rental kayak or SUP. In between adventures, check out NOC’s two riverfront restaurants, onsite shopping, and spend the night in a cozy trailside cabin!
  • Bryson City Outdoors

    Contact Name: Brett Hackshaw or Ben King
    Address: 169 Main Street
    Bryson City

    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!
  • The Sunny Day Adventure Co. LLC

    Contact Name: Jason S. Swafford
    Address: 151 1/2 Sardis Rd.

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    Mailing: P.O. Box 2052, Enka, 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.

    Bryson City - Swain County
    Chamber of Commerce

    210 Main Street
    P.O. Box 509
    Bryson City, NC 28713

    Karen Proctor
    Executive Director



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