Inquire Now! 2023 Programs are Coming Soon!
Nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Bryson City offers some of the best whitewater kayaking in the American Southeast. With a rich history in the kayaking world and one of the greatest kayak learning centers in the country, this is an unbeatable place for your First Descents kayaking adventure!
During the day, the beloved instructors at Nantahala Outdoor Center will teach you new kayaking skills and guide you through one of the only temperate rainforests in the entire continental United States. Then, after a day of paddling down turquoise rivers, you’ll kick back at the Watershed Cabins enjoying chef-made meals, stories over the campfire, and new FD friends! This program is a First Descents classic and you won’t want to miss it!
There will be two separate weeks of Healthcare Worker Smoky Mountains Kayaking programs in 2022.
WHERE: Bryson City, NC
WHAT: Whitewater Kayaking
WHEN: May 29 – June 3, 2022 | June 5 – 10, 2022
FOOD: Professional chef-prepared meals
AIRPORT: Asheville, NC (AVL)
TRAVEL: Participants are responsible for getting to/from the program. Travel scholarships are available through the registration form.
HEALTH & SAFETY: All Participants are required to fill out a registration form. FD will select participants based on available space on the program. Once selected, participants with underlying health conditions will be required to get a medical form from their Doctor. COVID-19 Vaccinations are required, with medical exemptions accepted. Read more here.