Whitewater rafting on Cape Fear River in Lillington, NC

Scenic Rafting

Scenic Rafting

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Scenic Rafting
Guided family whitewater rafting

Enjoy several miles of calm water in a secluded environment before entering the biggest rock garden of the entire Cape Fear River. Go through some Class II, II+ and possible III rapids (depends on the water level) in the second part of the trip. Get a glimpse of a soaring Bald Eagle or Great Blue Heron as you paddle on remote section of the Cape Fear. Choose if you want to participate as a paddler or you can just ride along and let the guide do all the work.

Please note: Guided Rafting on the Cape Fear River is possible only at particular water levels, making it only occasional service that we offer. Typically, we see appropriate water levels in spring; however, sometimes the water will be high enough during other seasons. We announce when we are running rafts on social media and right here on our home page. We are happy to put you on a waiting list and contact you as soon as the river conditions are acceptable. Otherwise, this is a first come first serve option based on the river conditions that day.

Things to know before you go!

First part of the trip we are on flat water, just paddling for about 1.5 hours. We enjoy scenery and wildlife, we chat and laugh, but there is no "whitewater action" here. The second part of the trip we go through a rock garden with several rapids, Class II and III. This trip is perfect for families or as a laid back outing, but don't expect anything extreme, just gentle :)

Reservations are required for this guided trip at least 1 day in advance. If we can we will pencil you in the same day, but no guarantees.

Trip Cost Prices are per person

We require day's notice for this guided activity
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What to wear and what to bring

  • Dress for the weather with layered clothing if necessary, and expect to get wet.
  • Wet suit or splash jackets might be required in colder months; they are available for rent.
  • Wear long sleeves or opt out for sunscreen.
  • Bathing suit is a great option in warmer months, but don't forget sunscreen!
  • Paddling booties or water shoes are great! You can also wear old gym shoes, or strap-on sandals, but no flip-flops!
  • Any hat is recommended.
  • Spare clothes

Trip F.A.Q.

Yes, the reservations are required for guided activities.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your reservation, please contact us at least 24-hours before your scheduled activity. No changes allowed and no refunds will be issued less than 24-hours prior to the activity. If we must postpone your activity due to water conditions or severe weather, we will issue you a full credit valid to be used for an activity in the future. We don't stop operations due to rain in the forecast!
8 years old and up. For younger children check out Leisure Paddle or Easy Float with age limit of 3.
No! Alcohol is not allowed on this trip.
Yes! We offer 10% discount for military, EMS, Fire, Police and Teachers. Use "hardwork21" code when making your online reservations. Be sure to have your military or relevant ID when checking in.
Yes we do! We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
There are no gators or sharks, but there are water snakes. Frankly, that's where they live, they are non-aggressive type and they are more frightened of you and will try to stay out of sight.
Dogs are not allowed on this trip.
Up to 7 guests plus 1 guide.
The trip can be ended early only at a 2-mile mark. After that you are committed to 8 more river miles before the next take-out.
Maybe! The river is an unpredictable environment and there is always a possibility of capsizing. You must be prepared for it, dress and gear up accordingly.
Yes! Be ready to get splashed on, the guide will do the rest. This trip is rather mild and suitable for families with kids (8 and up).
No. We'll teach you all you need to know before the trip.
Yes indeed! There are many dangers and unpredictable situations that you may encounter; however, our guides will do their best to steer you away from those dangers!
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