MORE INFORMATION: Nantahala National Forest Cheoah Ranger District 1070 Massey Branch Road Robbinsville, NC 28771 (828) 479-6431
HIGHLIGHTS: This kayaking trip starts at the Tsali boat ramp in the Nantahala National Forest and follows the Little Tennessee River toward Fontana Lake. We chose a campsite in the area of Mile #79, but there are other options in the National Forest or in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park – although a permit is required on this northern side of the lake. A lake map and/or a GPS is highly recommended for this trip if you are unfamiliar with the lake. We had the early morning and late evening hours mostly to ourselves during our trip, but motor boats can access the majority of Fontana Lake. So the mid-afternoon hours can be more chaotic on the water – especially during the summer season.