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What to Wear

We Provide the Following Whitewater Gear:

  • Paddle
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Helmet (not required by the USFS on the Nantahala River)
  • Splash Jacket
  • Wet suits (on the Nantahala River only)

What You Should Wear Rafting:

For Summer Trips:

  • Swim Trunks/Swimsuit
  • Water Shoes or Old Sneakers ( NOT Flip Flops! )
  • T-shirt and Shorts
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with a Strap
  • Bottle of Water

For Spring and Fall trips:

  • Synthetic or Wool Sweater
  • Wool Socks
  • Knit Hat

Don’t Forget to Bring:

  • A Dry Change of Clothes and Shoes
  • Towels

Leave Behind:

  • Jewelry and Watches
  • Electronics
  • Heavy Cotton Clothing like Jeans/Sweatshirts (these dry slowly and provide no warmth)
  • Pets (dogs can raft on the Nantahala but must wear a Canine Flotation Device)
  • Flip Flops. Sandals MUST have a heel strap.
  • Car Keys (these can be left with the desk person at each outpost)