About the WNC Region


Welcome to the Western North Carolina Region

Western North Carolina (abbreviated “WNC” by local paddlers) stretches from the Piedmont to the Tennessee state line, including Asheville and the Nantahala area. WNC contains very few “urban” areas, with Asheville being the area’s largest city and commercial hub and is home to the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Nantahala National Forest, the Pisgah National Forest…making it an outdoor lover’s paradise.

In addition to world-class hiking and mountain biking, the region boasts some of the premier Southeast whitewater runs. Popular runs like the Nantahala River, French Broad River, Cheoah River, and Green River are close by and many elite creek runs are within a short drive, including the Nantahala Cascades, Snowbird, Santeetlah, West Prong, among others. The paddling options range in difficulty levels and remoteness, providing something for every paddler.

In 2013, WNC will earn its place on the world map when the Nantahala River hosts the ICF World Freestyle Championship. World Kayak will be hosting Hometown Throwdown events on the Nantahala so WK competitors will get to compete on a world-class feature! Stay tuned for other events in the area.

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