Adventures In The North Carolina High Country

High Mountain Expeditions is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with two locations to serve you in Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina . High Mountain Expeditions offers outdoor activities, such as North Carolina whitewater rafting for every member of your group or family. The high country of western North Carolina is one of the most biologically and geographically diverse regions in North America . Carved by some of the world’s oldest rivers, the Blue Ridge Mountains provide a home for a variety of exciting outdoor activities such as North Carolina hiking, caving, mountain biking, kayaking and whitewater rafting.   All Day White Water Rafting in Tennessee Trip The Nolichucky River is 45 minutes away from Banner Elk. This white water rafting in Tennessee trip will meet at their Banner Elk location, Ski Country Sports at 6:45 a.m. and depart promptly at 7:00 a.m. Once in Erwin , TN , they will stop at Hardee's for a quick breakfast and use of their facilities. After about 10 to 15 minutes they will be back on there way to the river. Arriving in Poplar NC at the put-in, where they will take the time to give a safety talk and also some introductory instructions about the use of funyaks and rafts. Around 9:45 a.m. they will be on the water headed for the first rapid called Last Chance and Beat-Yo-Daddy where you get your first look into white water rafting in Tennessee on the Nolichucky River . You will travel about half way through the 11 mile gorge past rapids like On The Rocks, Jaws, Quarter Mile and Rock Garden where they will stop for lunch. After everyone has had all they can eat they will finish up the day with a few easier rapids such as Rail Road Wall, Souse hole and State Line Shoals, stopping briefly at Big Eddie to surf and swim. After everyone has had some time to play they will end your day just a short distance down stream at the take-out in Erwin around 3:00 p.m. (TIME MAY VARY BASED ON WATER LEVELS AND NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT DAY.) Once all the guests have had a chance to change clothes, they will board the bus or van and travel about 15 minutes to a store where you can use the facilities and get a snack for the return trip. They will arrive back in Banner Elk usually some time around 4:30 p.m. (ONCE AGAIN THIS MIGHT VARY DEPENDING ON WATER LEVELS AND NUMBER OF GUEST ON THE RIVER.) Watauga River Rafting The Watauga River is about 45 minutes away from Ski Country Sports in Banner Elk where you will meet for this trip at 11:30 a.m., Monday thru Saturday. Watauga River is the ideal river for families with small children. They put in for the Watauga River trip at the base of Wilbur Dam, which controls the water flow for the four and a half mile trip. The river offers fast moving water with mild rapids, beautiful pastoral scenery and an abundance of Canadian geese and ducks. Not long after you start rafting down the Watauga River you will run the mighty Anaconda the best rapid of the day a class three rapid based on water flow. Kids love this intro to white water with water fights from start to finish that brings out the child in everyone. For those who don’t want to partake in the game the guides know how to keep a raft just out of reach so you can still watch but not get wet. About mid way down they will serve you a lunch and give you a chance to swim around if you would like. About fifteen minutes after they get off the water they will arrive at a store so that you can get a snack for the trip back and use the facilities. Returning back in Banner Elk at Ski Country Sport at around 5:00 p.m.   Worley’s Cave Worley’s cave is a little closer with the drive being only around 45 minutes. This cave trip will meet at 10 a.m. and get back at around 4 p.m. Worley’s cave is formed in limestone. The age of limestone caves in Tennessee is from 250 to 350 million years old. This cave has a few rooms large enough to camp in and a stream that flows thru. The trip in the cave will last from 2 hours to 4 hours. You will see rooms like the Fairies Ballroom, Tombstone , Giants Causeway, Thin Floor Room and much more. There are times you will crawl, climb and most or all get muddy. Children and adults will thrill in the exploration of vast chambers and crawlways hidden in caves millions of years old. No experience is necessary and with an expert guide you will learn the basic skills needed to travel through the fantasy of underground.   If you have any questions or would like more information on outdoor activities in the Boone area. Post a comment in the discussion forum.