North Carolina National Forests
Nantahala National Forest
Counties, the 500,000 acre Nantahala National Forest is the largest of
the 4 national forest in North Carolina. With elevation ranging from 5,800'
at Lone Bald in Jackson County to 1,200' along the Hiawassee River below
Appalachian Lake Dam in Cherokee County, Nantahala National Forest obtains
it's name from the Cherokee Indian word which means "Land of the noon day
sun", due to the fact that the sun only reaches the valley during midday.
Home to the famous Nantahala River and the Nantahala Outdoor Center,
where 250,000 boaters every year are thrilled on the whitewaters of the
river. In addition to the whitewater rafting, scenic drives, and
waterfalls, Nantahala National Forest offers a large variety of
facilities and recreational opportunities including, boat ramps, hiking,
biking, horseback riding, off-road trails, camping, fishing, and
Nantahala National Forest is home to several popular areas including.