Nantahala River Excursion This is a 4 ½ hour 44 mile round trip excursion. It winds through the scenic western North Carolina Mountains There is a 1 hour layover at the Nantahala River depot for lunch, sightseeing, shopping and relaxing. Guests can view the whitewater rafting activities on the Nantahala River on this trip! The train goes along the river through the Nantahala Gorge giving guests a great view of the high cliffs and rugged terrain that the Cherokee called "The Land of The Noonday Sun".
From the top of Devil's Courthouse, we could see into South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee in a 360-degree panorama. The summit can be viewed from a parking overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway and can be reached by a strenuous half-mile trail. Rock climbing is also popular on Devil's Courthouse.