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Summer Activities in Nantahala

Planning out the itinerary for any vacation can be a bit overwhelming; however, when you visit Nantahala, you can be sure to find all sorts of adventures for the family to enjoy. There are so many things to do in Nantahala during the summer months. From fishing and hiking to skiing and white water rafting, you'll have plenty of memories that will last a lifetime.

There's so much more in store when you visit Nantahala in the summertime. Be sure to have a hearty breakfast, pack water and sunblock because time flies when you have fun! And when you return from your full day of adventures, be sure to stop by Lakes End Cafe & Grill for a delicious meal cooked to perfection! Let the summer adventures begin!

Lakes End Boat Rental & Marina

When the marina opens, the fun begins! Lakes End Marina offers the largest fleet of boat rentals on Lake Nantahala and provides on-lake access with plenty of parking on site. You can rent pontoons/tritoons, ski boats, pass boats as well as canoes, kayaks, sailboats and more! With a philosophy of, "Best price, best watercraft, best service – guaranteed," you can be sure to find what you need for your day at the lake—the perfect place to gather with your friends and family!

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Guided UTV Tours

Join us for a fun and scenic 2.5-hour, 36-mile journey through the backroads of the Nantahala National Forest! With our friendly guides leading the way, you'll get to soak in the natural beauty of Nantahala while driving your own UTV. Each vehicle can fit up to 4 people, making it perfect for friends and family. Whether you're a seasoned off-road fan or a newbie, our UTV tours have something special for everyone. Don't miss out on this exciting adventure—book with Noonday Adventures today!

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White Water Rafting on the Nantahala River

A fun day at the lake is a must-do when you get to Nantahala, but for the ultimate adventure-lover, then you vacation won't be complete until you've spent a day white water rafting on the Nantahala River! The great thing about this experience is that in most cases, you won't need previous experience to go white water rafting. The river is controlled by a dam and can actually be available for rafting throughout the season.

Zip Line Adventure Park

Visit the Zip Line Adventure Park at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where you'll find an obstacle course like you've never seen before! Zip Line Adventure Park is a multi-level aerial challenge course that features 16 different obstacles as high as 40 ft. high and takes about 2 hours to complete. So be sure so have a good breakfast before you arrive.

Hiking Trails

Enjoy the fresh air and the open trails of Nantahala! Immerse yourself in Mother Nature when you explore the different hiking experiences in the area. Some of the trails are open year-round. Here are some of our favorite hiking spots include Rainbow Falls, Bartram Trail and Whiteside Mountain.

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