Tuckasegee Outfiters offering Rafting, Kayaking and Tubing trips had simple beginnings. We started floating the Tuckaseegee in 1974 first in tubes then canoes and kayaks as sport and with friends to unwind after class at the local University. The recreation potential grew in the area with the founding of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, bringing lots of families and kids to the area, most of the train trips were half day leaving afternoon or mornings free for other activities.
We started TUCKASEEGEE OUTFITTERS in 1987 to give everyone in the family a river trip to enjoy. After years of working on one of the Heavy White Water Rivers, and seeing families turned or scared away, we found an easier section of whitewater suitable for families even with children down to 40Ibs or 4 years of age as our minimum requirements. The lower Tuckaseegee River Gorge is a scenic river trip with class 1 & 2 rapids.
Our outfitter is a simple operation offering self guided and guided river trips. Trips run daily from 10am and usually last from 2 to 4 hours with our last shuttle up the river at 3:30pm.
Self guided trips run every 20 minutes and are run on a first come first serve basis, like a theme park. Reservations are not required but suggested and a must if your group is 10 or more.
We have a covered pavilion for picnicking and where you can wait in the small chance that you do have to wait for a trip to the put in, it hopefully will be short and pleasant.
Guided and unguided trips are run daily at 10:30 until 3:30, with the last trip leaving at 3:30.
All guests will receive a pre-trip briefing, river orientation, and instruction on boat handling. Life jackets are required and provided at no extra charge, as is the transportation up river from our location. Parking and picnic tables are free for our guests.